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Maker(s):Oakes, Frederick (attributed)
Culture:American (1782-1855)
Title:salt spoon
Date Made:1820-1830
Type:Food Service
Place Made:United States; Connecticut; Hartford
Measurements:overall: 3 13/16 in x 7/8 in x 5/16 in; 9.7 cm x 2.2 cm x .8 cm
Accession Number:  HD 89.024.2
Credit Line:Hall and Kate Peterson Fund for Minor Antiques
Museum Collection:  Historic Deerfield

One of two silver salt spoons with a fiddle-end handle, which is marked "OAKES" in an irregular rectangle and with an eagle in an oval attributed to Frederick Oakes, Sr. (1782-1855), and engraved with the initial "W" in script on the front of the handle. Frederick Oakes had three sons: Henry (b.1806) bought out his father's business in 1830 and worked as a silversmith and watchmaker from 1830-1840 when he moved to Nyack, NY; and his brothers William (b.1812) and Frederick ((1815-1869) took over the business after Henry left. This is one of the objects (HD 89.019-89.032) purchased from Richard Arms (1928-2007) of Deerfield, a descendent of the Arms family of Deerfield.

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