Spoon

Description:

Large French thread serving spoon with rounded oval bowl and upturned rounded handle with very slight shoulders. Back of terminal is engraved with an armorial device for the Madey family, consisting of a nine-pearl coronet above a clipped-corner coat of arms Azure (horizontal lines), with lion hanging over a plank, its tongue out. Back of shaft struck with four hallmarks, a partial outline of what appears to be a four-legged animal walking left, a crowned roman letter "H" (facing towards terminal), a crowned foliate script "A" and maker's mark including the initials "E / B \ P" (both facing towards bowl).

Maker is Edmé-Pierre Balzac (1705-circa 1786) of Paris, France. Engraved by Paul Revere.

Date Made: 1771-1772Date Engraved: ca 1792Associated Date: ca 1792

Engraver: Revere, Paul

Location: Currently not on view

Place Engraved: United States: Massachusetts, BostonPlace Made: United States: Massachusetts, Wrentham

See more items in: Home and Community Life: Domestic Life, Domestic Furnishings

Exhibition:

Exhibition Location:

Credit Line: Gift of Miss Anna Cornette Brastow

Data Source: National Museum of American History

Id Number: DL.60.2214Catalog Number: 60.2214Accession Number: 131186

Object Name: spoon

Physical Description: silver (overall material)Measurements: overall: 1 5/8 in x 16 in x 2 3/4 in; 4.1275 cm x 40.64 cm x 6.985 cm

Guid: http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/ng49ca746ae-0ec7-704b-e053-15f76fa0b4fa

Record Id: nmah_301172

Our collection database is a work in progress. We may update this record based on further research and review. Learn more about our approach to sharing our collection online.

If you would like to know how you can use content on this page, see the Smithsonian's Terms of Use. If you need to request an image for publication or other use, please visit Rights and Reproductions.