The slender two-tined fork has an upturned trifid-shaped handle tip and is engraved througout in a mannerist style
Engraved "R C" in oval at top of front.
Marked "S G" in a heart at top of back.
Probably made for Rebecca Chambers (1691-1729), who married Daniel Russell (b. 1685) in 1711; by descent in the family, probably to their son, James Russell (1715-1798) and his wife Katherine Graves (1717-1778), maried in 1738; by descent to their daughter, Rebecca Russell (1747-1816), who married Judge John Lowell (1743-1808) in 1778; by descent to their daughter, Rebecca Russell Lowell (1779-1853), who married Samuel Pickering Gardner (1767-1843) in 1797; by descent to their son, George Gardner (1809-1884) and his wife Helen Maria Read (1819-1888), married in 1838; by descent to Elizabeth Gardner (b. 1843); by descent to her great-grand-daughter, Catherine Coolidge Lastavica. 2004, gift of Ms. Lastavica to the MFA. (Accession date: Feb 25, 2004)
Gift of Catherine Coolidge Lastavica in memory of her great-grandmother Elizabeth Gardner Amory and in honor of her cousin John Lowell Gardner