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Tablespoon

Object Number: 
1986.2
Date: 
ca. 1725
Medium: 
Silver
Dimensions: 
Overall: 7 7/8 x 1 3/4 x 1 1/16 in. ( 20 x 4.4 x 2.7 cm )
Marks: 
engraved: on the underside of the handle: "H/ A * B" in block letters stamped: on the underside of the stem: "AP" in roman letters in a heart
Description: 
silver tablespoon with a slightly upturned oval handle with a full midrib on the front; handle engraved, "H/ A * B" in block letters on the underside of the handle; elliptical bowl with a rat-tail drop; maker's mark stamped on the underside of the stem.
Gallery Label: 
According to Ernest M. Currier in his, "Marks of Early American Silversmiths" (Portland, Maine, 1938, p.114.) silver by this maker is extremely scarce. This tablespoon is the only one that has been reported.
Credit Line: 
Gift of Mr. Robert G. Goelet
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.
Creative: Tronvig Group