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Maker(s):Baldwin, Jedediah (attributed)
Culture:American (1769-1849)
Title:teaspoon
Date Made:1790-1800
Type:Food Service
Materials:silver
Place Made:United States; Massachusetts; Northampton or New Hampshire; Hanover
Measurements:overall: 4 5/8 in; 11.7475 cm
Accession Number:  HD 61.553
Museum Collection:  Historic Deerfield

Description:
Silver teaspoon with an oval bowl with a V-drop, which is marked "I.B" in a rectangle attributed to Jedediah Baldwin (1769-1849), and engraved with the initials "MC" on the front of the downturned, pointed-end handle. This mark is not identifed with either Jedediah Baldwin or his brother, Jabez Baldwin (1778-1819). Louise Belden notes that Flynt and Fales attribute this mark to Jabez Baldwin, and the Darling Foundation attributes a similar mark to Jedediah Baldwin, both found on spoons. However, the Flynt and Fales spoon is unlike those marked BALDWIN known to be by Jabez, and the Darling spoon is like spoons marked BALDWIN for Jedediah only in its handle conformation. There was an Isaac Baldwin who worked in Newark, NJ, circa 1810. Born in Norwich Connecticut, Jedediah Baldwin apprenticed about 1781 to Thomas Harland in Norwich; moved to Northampton, Massachusetts, around 1790 where he was Master to his brother Jabez Baldwin (1777-1819); in partnership with Samuel Stiles (1762-aft 1826) as STILES & BALDWIN in Northampton from 1791-1792 and with Nathan Storrs (1768-1839) as BALDWIN & STORRS from July 1792-Jan. 1794, both in Northampton; worked alone in Hanover, NH, from 1794-1811; worked in Fairfield, New York, from 1811-c.1817; in Morrisville, NY, from 1818-1820; and in Rochester, NY, in 1834, where he died.

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