Overall: 6 x 1 1/4 x 5/8 in. ( 15.2 x 3.2 x 1.6 cm )
engraved: on the handle: "B" in script stamped: on the underside of the handle: "WHITNEY & HOYT" in a rectangle with four pseudohallmarks, bust, "S" in a chamfered rectangle, leopard's head, lion passant
silver teaspoon with a downturned fiddle handle with a short midrib on the underside and engraved on the front, "B" in script; flared shoulders and a pointed oval bowl with a broad drop; maker's amrks stamped on the underside of the handle.
This teaspoon belonged to Frances Augusta Beals(1815-1897), born in Boston, MA to William Beals (1785-1870) and Dorothy Whitney Beals (1797-1876). William Beals was the founder of the "Boston Post." Frances Augusta married George Baker (1818-1854) of Boston May 20, 1844 and was given this teaspoon at that time. It descended to the donor's mother at the time of her marriage in 1871.
Gift of Mr. Dudley Davis in memory of his mother Marie Anotoinette Baker Davis
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