Franklin Porter Sterling Silver Arts & Crafts Serving Spoon, Danvers, MA, 1925-35
This serving spoon was made by Franklin Porter whose silver was always made of great design and heavy gauge. It can be used for serving a variety of foods including condiments and sauces. Made in two pieces, it has a round bowl featuring an arrow-head shaped drop on the back and a handle with a shaped top. The front and back exhibit wonderful hammering throughout.
Franklin Porter (1869-1935) was an important arts & crafts silversmith working in Danvers, Massachusetts when this bowl was made. Porter trained at the Rhode Island School of Design.(1) However, he was fiercely independent and never joined Boston's Society of Arts & Crafts, eschewing the commercial pressures of that organization.(2)
This beautiful spoon is marked 'F. PORTER/ STERLING' and with his trademark first used in 1925. It measures 6.5 inches long, weighs 1.40 troy ounces and is in excellent antique condition. It has never been monogrammed.
Jeannine Falino and Gerald W. R. Ward, eds., Silver of the Americas, 1600-2000: American Silver in the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, (Boston: MFA Publications, 2008), pp. 359-360.
"Franklin Porter, Silversmith" by Helen Porter Philbrick in the Essex Institute Historical Collections (Vol. CV, No. 3, July, 1969), p. 211.
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