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Serving spoons (2)

Object Number: 
1951.294ab
Date: 
ca. 1791
Medium: 
Silver
Dimensions: 
each overall: 11 3/4 x 2 x 1 3/8 in. ( 29.8 x 5.1 x 3.5 cm )
Marks: 
engraved: on the handles: "ER" in script stamped: on the undersides of the stems: twice, "I*R" in a rectangle
Description: 
Pair of silver serving spoons with downturned oval handles decorated with bright-cut and wheel turned engraving; handles engraved, "ER" in script; pointed oval bowls have arched drops at reverse; maker's marks stamped along undersides of the handles.
Gallery Label: 
The spoons were probably made for Elizabeth Rhoads (1770-1796), who married Samuel Wharton Fisher (1764-1817) in Philadelphia in 1791.
Credit Line: 
Gift of Mr. Goodhue Livingston
Provenance: 
Elizabeth Rhoads (1770-1796), who married Samuel Wharton Fisher (1764-1817); to their son Coleman Fisher (1793-1857), who married Mary Read (1799-1875); to their daughter Elizabeth Rhodes Fisher (1828-1878), who married Eugene Augustus Livingston (1813-1893); to their son Richard Montgomery Callendar Livingston (1861-1945); to his cousin Goodhue Livingston (1867-1951), the donor.
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.
Creative: Tronvig Group