Overall: 8 7/8 x 1 7/8 x 3/8 in. ( 22.5 x 4.8 x 1 cm )
engraved: on the handle: "VW" in script besides, "1822" engraved: interior of the bowl: "CWB/ 1895" in script stamped: on the underside of the handle: "F. MARQUAND" in roman letters in a rectangle besides a lion passant, a bust and "G"
silver tablespoon, downturned fiddle handle with shell decoration, flared shoulders and an oval pointed bowl with a rounded drop and outlined shell on the back; handle engraved, "VW" in script besides, "1822;" interior of the bowl engraved, "CWB/ 1895" in script; maker's makers stamped on the underside of the handle.
According to the donor, this spoon was made for a member of the Van Wyck family, and hence bear the initials, "VW." It descended to the donor through General John B. Van Wyck (1762-1841), to his daughter Susan Holmes (1793-1825), to her daughter Susan Holmes (1817-1847), to her son Gilbert Livingston Bishop (1845-1926) the father of Charlotte West Bishop Brinton, the mother of the donor, and whose initials are engraved on the bowl.
Gift of Mr. Hugh P. Brinton
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