Overall: 7 1/4 x 1 7/8 x 1 in. ( 18.4 x 4.8 x 2.5 cm ) Silver Weight: 2 oz (troy) (62 g)
Silver presentation spoon with an upturned trifid end handle with a broad, oval bowl and a rat tail drop; engraved on the underside off the bowl, "Cornelia Duycken Vereert Door haeroom en/ Compeer Johannis Abeel Anno 1686 den 25 Agusty" in script; maker's mark stamped on the underside of the stem.
Gift of Edmund Astley Prentis
Inscription: engraved on the underside of the bowl: "Cornelia Duycken Vereert Door haeroom en/ Compeer Johannis Abeel Anno 1686 den 25 Agusty" in script Mark: stamped on the underside of the stem: "IK" in a rectangle
This spoon, a typical gift for infants and children, was presented to Cornelia Duyckinck (b. 1685) by her uncle and godfather Johannis Abeel. This is evidenced by a Dutch inscription which translates as, "Cornelia Duycken, Gift of her uncle and godfather, Johannis Abeel, 25 August 1686." Cornelia Duyckinck, baptized in New York City, December 25, 1685, was the daughter of the early New York portrait artist Gerrit Duyckinck, and her uncle Johannis Abeel was an early mayor of Albany.
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