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Spoon (Teaspoon)

  • Category:

    Metals

  • Creator (Role):

    Paul Revere Jr. (Inspiration for fake)

  • Place of Origin:

    Northeast, United States, North America

  • Date:

    1770-1960

  • Materials:

    Silver

  • Museum Object Number:

    1999.0030.004


  • Complete Details



Object Number

1999.0030.004

Object Name

Spoon (Teaspoon)

Category

Metals

Credit Line/Donor

Gift of Mr. Eric Shrubsole and Mr. Peter L. Schaffer

Creator (Role)

Paul Revere Jr. (Inspiration for fake)
12/21/1734-05/10/1818
Paul Revere, son of a silversmith with the same name, apprenticed to his father in 1747. His father died in 1754, before Paul could complete his training. Although he was legally too young to inherit the business, he remained active there until he was twenty one, when he assumed control. During the ensuing five decades, Revere and his employees produced hundreds of household, personal, ceremonial, and commemorative silver artifacts for well-to-do Bostonians. Revere's daybooks record that he fabricated twenty-five ladles between 1781 and 1797, calling them tureen ladle, soup ladle, and in one instance, scalloped tureen ladle. For the most part, he made one in any given year, except for 1795, when he fashioned five, and 1796, when he made six.

Place of Origin

Northeast, United States, North America

Date

1770-1960

Mark or Signature or Inscription or Label

1. Mark; Handle stem, underside; ".REVERE" stamped in rectangle overstriking an erased mark

Subjects

Forgery; Fake or reproduction

Materials

Silver

Dimensions (inches)

5.157 (L) , 1.024 (W) , 0.3175 (Weight)

Dimensions (centimeters)

13.1 (L) , 2.6 (W) , 9 (Weight)

Object Description

Web - 07/08/2015

The spoon was possibly created between 1770-1800 in England or North America. In the 20th century the original maker's marks on the underside of the handle were erased and overstruck with a faked maker's mark for Paul Revere Jr. with the intent to deceive. It is one of a set of six spoons donated to Winterthur to be instructive for collectors and researchers.

Bibliography and Bibliographic Notes

[Book] Belden, Louise C. 1980 Marks of American Silversmiths in the Ineson-Bissell Collection. 506 p.
An illustrated glossary of spoon terms, pp. 467-488