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Set of coffee spoons in case

Object Number: 
INV.14118a-m
Date: 
ca. 1862
Medium: 
Silver, leather, silk, metal
Dimensions: 
Each (spoon): 4 1/4 x 7/8 x 5/8 in. (10.8 x 2.2 x 1.6 cm) Box: 1 x 6 1/8 x 5 in. ( 2.5 x 15.6 x 12.7 cm ) Silver Wei
Description: 
Twelve silver coffee spoons with upturned medallion handles with molded Classical bust in the centers and ball finials; medallion jointed to stem with foliate joint; stem with foliate medallion in the center; gilt, pointed oval bowl; underside of the handle engraved, "E. R. L." in gothic script; makers' marks stamped on the underside of the stem. Rectangular red leather box with a tooled foliate scroll cartouche on the lid; lined with purple silk; makers' mark stamped on the inside of the lid; metal hooks and eyes on one side of the box.
Gallery Label: 
This boxed set of coffee spoons reflects the formalization of coffee drinking in the United States during the second half of the 19th century. These coffee spoons, more than an inch smaller than teaspoons from the period and sized for use with small cylindrical porcelain cups, conjure up elaborate luncheons and dinners where hosts displayed their social acumen with their prized possessions. This set was owned by Elizabeth Rhodes Fisher Livingston (1828-1878), whose monogram is engraved on each spoon.
Provenance: 
Elizabeth Rhodes Fisher (1828-1878), second wife of Eugene Augustus Livingston (1813-1893); to their son Richard Montgomery Callender 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