Tablespoons (9)

Object Number: 
1827 - 1830
each overall: 9 1/8 x 1 3/4 x 1 3/8 in. ( 23.2 x 4.4 x 3.5 cm ) Silver Weight: c) 1 oz (troy) 18 dwt (59 g) Silver W
engraved: on the handles: "MB" in bright-cut script stamped: on the undersides of the handles: "FELLOWS & STORM" in a rectangle
Nine silver tablespoons with downturned fiddle handles with basket decoration and the engraved initials, "MB" in bright-cut script; flared shoulders and pointed oval bowls with shell decoration; makers' marks stamped on the underside of the handles.
Gallery Label: 
These charming spoons, ornamented with an overflowing basket of fruit and flowers, demonstrate the persistence of traditional silvermaking techniques and the reliance on simple time-honored methods for producing decoration in multiples. To ornament these spoons, the silversmith placed each handle end on a cut metal die and struck it to impress the decoration. While die-struck ornament persisted into the nineteenth century, this and other traditional processes began to be supplemented by labor-saving mechanical devices like the drop press and the flatting mill. These generously sized tablespoons bear the initials of Mary Beekman (1800-1885), who married William Axtell De Peyster (1793-1856) in 1822. Although such spoons were typically purchased in groups of a dozen, this set has been composed of nine spoons at least since Mary De Peyster's death in 1885. The inventory of her estate lists "9 Table sp. (basket of ___)" weighing nineteen ounces, along with twenty-six other items (or sets) of silver inherited by her daughters.
Credit Line: 
Bequest of Catherine Augusta De Peyster
Mary Beekman (1800-1885), who married Wiliam Axtell De Peyster (1793-1856); to their daughter Catherine Augusta De Peyster (1835-1911), the donor.
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Creative: Tronvig Group