Overall: 9 x 1 3/4 x 1 1/4 in. ( 22.9 x 4.4 x 3.2 cm )
engraved in script: on obverse of handle: "R" or "ER" stamped (twice): on reverse of handle: "I . R"
Twelve silver tablespoons with pointed oval bowl, downturned oval handle with bright-cut and wheel-turned decoration, and modeled drop; engraved initials inside decorative oval on obverse of handle; stamped maker's mark on reverse.
The spoons were probably made for Elizabeth Rhoads (1770-1796), who married Samuel Wharton Fisher (1764-1817) in Philadelphia in 1791.
Gift of Mr. Goodhue Livingston
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.
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