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Object ID Number SAM 1949.58
Object Name Spoon, Eating
Artist Revere Jr., Paul
Title Tablespoon
Date 18th c.
Culture American
Credit line Museum Purchase
Exhibit Label Revere trained with his father, the French Huguenot silversmith Apollos Rivoire, also known as Paul Revere, Sr. Revere Jr., inherited his father’s fully stocked and staffed shop in 1754, and quickly developed a thriving business catering to some of the wealthiest families in Massachusetts. He was an ardent revolutionary and active in political and civic organizations. He entered military service in 1756 and is perhaps most remembered for his midnight ride on April 18, 1775

His shop was large and exceptionally active selling not only wrought silver but jewelry, imported textiles, foodstuffs, tools and hardware.

Revere's work in silver is often divided into two periods – the years preceding and the years following the Revolutionary War. The earlier period features his most creative designs, as influenced by the curvilinear swags of the Rococo style. By the postwar years, the dominant design aesthetic in nearly all art forms, including architecture, was inspired by Neoclassicism. Revere’s shop followed this changing aesthetic and as the output increased, the designs became more standardized. This standardization was also influenced by new equipment such as the flatting mill he acquired in 1785 which simplified the production of sheet silver.

The tablespoon in the Museum’s collection is most likely from the years following the Revolutionary War. It features a down-turned handle, a mid-rib on the front and a simple elongated shape which recalls the rectilinear and symmetrical forms typical of the Neoclassical style. The back of the handle is engraved with the initials “PMM.” Unfortunately our records do not indicate for whom this spoon was made but it was clearly commissioned by the patron. It was very typical in this period to have the family crest or initials engraved into each silver piece. The spoon in the Museum’s collection is also stamped on the reverse with Revere’s maker’s mark which confirms it’s identity and quality.
Medium Silver
Material Silver
Height (in) 8.25
Width (in) 1.75
Signed Name "REVERE"
Signature Location Reverse of handle, stamped
Currently on view No
People Revere Jr., Paul
Subjects Spoon
Silver
flatware