Memorial spoons (2)
each overall: 8 7/8 x 1 3/4 x 1 1/4 in. ( 22.5 x 4.4 x 3.2 cm )
engraved: on both handles: "GM" in script engraved: on handle a: "Peter Gansevoort Jun.r/ Ob.t 2d.. July 1812 AE y/ 62. m/ 11. d/ 16/ May 12. 1846" in script engraved: on handle b: "Catherine Gansevoort/ obt 30th Dec 1830 AE y/ 78/ m/ 4/ d 14" in script
Pair of silver tablespoons with downturned pointed handles; both handles engraved with the initials, "GM" in script; handle a engraved, "Peter Gansevoort Jun.r/ Ob.t 2d.. July 1812 AE y/ 62. m/ 11. d/ 16" and "May 12. 1846" in script and handle b engraved, " Catherine Gansevoort/ obt 30th Dec 1830 AE y/ 78/ m/ 4/ d 14" in script; undersides of both handles engraved (later), "Maria Gansevoort Melville/ born April 6, 1794. died April 1, 1872." in script; pointed oval bowls with broad drops; maker's marks stamped on the underside of the stems.
These spoons, commemorating Peter Gansevoort (1749-1812) and Catarine Gansevoort (1751-1830) of Albany, belonged to Maria Gansevoort Melville (1791-1872), daughter of Peter Gansevoort and the mother of the author Herman Melville. The spoons were owned by Catharine Gansevoort, who passed them to her daughter. Maria Gansevoort Melville, in turn, passed them on to her daughter Augusta Melville. They were subsequently given to the donor in 1929 by Charlotte Hoadler, a niece of Herman Melville.
Gift of Victor Hugo Paltsits
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