Salad spoon

MAKER:
Manufacturer

Wood and Hughes ( American, 1845 - 1899 )


Retailer

A. B. Griswold & Co. ( American, 1865 - 1924 )

DATE:
c. 1885–1895
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General Description

Wood and Hughes was of the largest and most influential silver manufacturers in the United States from the 1850s to the 1880s. Although seriously threatened by the loss of southern accounts during the Civil War, the firm survived and continued to produce silverware, especially flatware, through the end of the 19th century. This exceptional salad spoon and its matching fork (1993.51.1) are unusual due to the combination of several metalwork techniques. The handles were hand forged and ornamented with embossed classical busts. However, the lobster on the spoon and the crab on the fork were etched.

Adapted from

Charles L. Venable, Silver in America, 1840-1940: A Century of Splendor (Dallas, Texas: Dallas Museum of Art; New York, New York; Harry N. Abrams, Inc., 1994), 332.

Web Resources

Metropolitan Museum of Art
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