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Maker(s):Tyler, I or T
Culture:American
Title:teaspoon
Date Made:ca. 1770
Type:Food Service
Materials:silver
Place Made:United States; Massachusetts; Boston
Measurements:overall: 4 3/8 in; 11.1125 cm
Accession Number:  HD 61.500
Museum Collection:  Historic Deerfield

Description:
Silver teaspoon with an upturned spatulate-end handle with z long midrib and eliptical bowl with a tapered drop and eleven-lobeb shell on the back, which is marked "J.T" in a rectangle attributed to I. or T. Tyler (previously ascribed to Jonathan Trott [1730-1815)]), and engraved with the initials "I : F" in bliock letters on the back of the handle. According to Patrica Kane, this silversmith may have been a member of the Tyler family of Boston in which metalsmithing was a tradition. This family included brazier and pewterer John Tyler (1695-1757) and his brothers, the pewterer William Tyler and the goldsmith Andrew Tyler (1692/93-1741). Possible candidates include James Tyler (b.1724), one of ten children of John Tyler and Sarah Bream Tyler (b.1699), although it is not clear is he was a silversmith; Boston silversmith George Tyler (b.1755), the grandson of Andrew Tyler; or Boston silversmith David Tyler (c.1760-1804). There are three marks identified with I. or T. Tyler: the initial I or T and surname in a serrated rectangle; the surname in a serrated rectangle; and "J.T" in a rectangle, which may be the mark used by I. Tyler in the early years of his career. Two spoons with this mark (in the Cleveland Museum of Art and Winterthur) have similar engraving and eleven-lobed shells used on spoons made by George Tyler.

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