Overall: 8 x 1 7/8 x 1/2 in. ( 20.3 x 4.8 x 1.3 cm )
engraved: on flat end of handle: "L/MS" impressed: on handle: "W. k./B" inside heart
Pair of silver tablespoons with trifid handle-ends and with inscribed initials at handle reverse; back of spoon bowl chased with scrolling decoration; hallmark impressed on handle near bowl.
This well-used pair of spoons bear the initials of Moses Lippit (1668-after 1714) and his wife, Sarah Throckmorton (1674-after 1728), of Middletown, New Jersey. The Lippits may have received the spoons as a wedding gift at the time of their marriage in 1697 or acquired them shortly thereafter. The spoons are decorated with Baroque-style foliate decoration on the bowls and the couple's initials on the handle. The placement of the decoration on the reverse side reflects the colonial custom of placing spoons on the table face down.
Gift of Dr. John E. Stillwell
Moses Lippit (1668-after 1714) and Sarah Throckmorton (1674-after 1728); probable descent: to their nephew John Stillwell (1709-1794), who married Mercy Burrowes (b. ca. 1721); to their son Joseph Stillwell (1739-1805), who married Mary Ogborne (1742-1820); to their son William Stillwell (1768-1832), who married Hannah Seabrook (1772-1847); to their son John Edwin Stillwell (1813-1873), who married Elizabeth Sophia Giles (1815-1890); to their son John Edwin Stillwell (1853-1930), the donor.
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.