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Overall: 6 5/8 x 2 x 7/8 in. ( 16.8 x 5.1 x 2.2 cm )
struck: on face of bowl: "WE" (in circular reserve)
Pewter spoon with circular bowl and straight slip-end stem.
According to the donor, this is one of six known spoons made by William J. Elsworth (1746-1814), a pewterer working in New York City from 1767-1798. Elsworth was secretary and later treasurer of the General Society of Mechanics and Tradesman of New York. He also is believed to have had possession of the banner of the "Society of Pewterers". This banner, now housed in the New-York Historical Society's collection, descended in the family of Elsworth, who presumably carried the banner in the New York procession. Elsworth made plates, dishes, basins and at least two varieties of tankards. Slip spoons, rare in American pewter, are known by him.
Gift of Katharine Prentis Murphy
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.
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