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Berry scoop

Object Number: 
1950.180
Date: 
ca. 1871
Medium: 
Silver, gilt
Dimensions: 
Overall: 10 5/8 x 3 1/8 x 1 3/8 in. ( 27 x 7.9 x 3.5 cm )
Marks: 
engraved: on the underside of the bowl: "MAB" superimposed ; engraved: on the handle: "B" in gothic script stamped: underside of the bowl: "S" in an oval between two lion passants in rectangles
Description: 
Cast and molded silver gilt berry scoop has columnar handle trimmed with beaded bands and end in form of helmet topped by small animal; molded handle socket; shovel-shaped bowl has tapered fluting at opening and scrolled pierced work along the back of bowl; bowl obverse also has engraved foliate drop; joint of handle and bowl has applied, cast winged angel head; bowl reverse engraved with gothic-style cipher "MAB"; handle end also engraved with gothic-style "B".
Gallery Label: 
This berry scoop was given to Marie Antoinette Baker Davis on the occassion of her marriage to Fellows Davis October 17, 1871.
Credit Line: 
Gift of Mr. Dudley Davis in memory of his mother Marie Antoinette Baker Davis
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.
Creative: Tronvig Group