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Berry scoop

Berry scoop
Berry scoop
Title
Berry scoop
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 )
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".
Credit Line 
Gift of Mr. Dudley Davis in memory of his mother Marie Antoinette Baker Davis
Object Number 
1950.180
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
Gallery Label 
This berry scoop was given to Marie Antoinette Baker Davis on the occassion of her marriage to Fellows Davis October 17, 1871.
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.
Creative: Tronvig Group