Overall: 4 7/8 x 7/8 x 1/4 in. ( 12.4 x 2.2 x 0.6 cm )
engraved: on the handle: "P G" in block letters engraved: on the underside of the handle: "M G" in block letters over "M G M/ A M" in script stamped: on the underside of the stem: "I * S" ?? in a rectangle
silver teaspoon with a downturned oval handle with a full midrib; handle engraved, "P G" in block letters on the obverse; underside of the handle engraved, "M G" in block letters over "M G M/ A M" in script; elongated oval bowl with an oval drop; maker's mark stamped on the underside of the stem.
The initials "PG" engraved on the front of the spoon stand for Peter Gansvoort, the original owner. It descended to Magdena Gansvoort and then to Maria Gansvoort Melville, the mother of the author Herman Melville. Maria passed it to her daughter Augusta Melville. It was given to the donor in 1929 by Charlotte Hoadler, a niece of Herman Melville.
Gift of Victor Hugo Paltsits
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