Spoon

Maker: Jurian Blanck Jr. (baptized 1645–ca. 1714/15)

Date: 1670–90

Geography: Made in New York, New York, United States

Culture: American

Medium: Silver

Dimensions: 3/4 x 6 3/8 in. (1.9 x 16.2 cm); 1 oz. 10 dwt. (46 g)

Classification: Silver

Credit Line: Purchase, Mr. and Mrs. Robert G. Goelet Gift, 1989

Accession Number: 1989.193

Description

Seventeenth-century American spoons with hammered oval bowls and separately cast handles are a form unique to New York. The handle design on this spoon, incorporating both naturalistic and grotesque ornament, is based on Dutch prototypes. It may have been used in the consumption of brandy-soaked raisins, which were traditionally served in two-handled bowls such as the example by Cornelius Kierstede (38.63) in the Museum's collection.

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