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The silver flatware George Washington acquired in the 1780s included a host of specialized utensils adapted to distinct foods and occasions. Desserts spoons, slightly smaller than tablespoons, enabled a diner to gracefully partake of the fruits, nuts, and other confections served after dinner. This example, fashioned by Philadelphia silversmith Richard Humphreys, features a feather-edged border and Washington's engraved crest on the handle.


Silver dessert spoon with downturned handle with faint midrib and long drop and oval bowl; chased feather-edged border around edge of handle; Washington's crest, a winged griffin issuing from a ducal coronet, engraved near the end of the handle.


c. 1780






Overall: 7 1/4 in. x 1 3/8 in. x 7/8 in. (18.42 cm x 3.51 cm x 2.24 cm)

Credit Line

Gift of Mary Lee Bowman and Robert E. Lee IV, 1981


Maker's mark: "R Humphreys" in script in conforming rectangle stamped on the reverse.

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