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"Stamp Act" Tablespoon

1766-1767
Origin: England, London
OL: 7 7/8"; W: (bowl): 1 11/16"
Silver (Sterling)
Gift of Beverley Randolph Wellford and Joyce Walmsley Wellford in memory of John Harrison Wellford
Acc. No. 2006-147
Hanoverian pattern silver tablespoon with up-turned spatulate handle with slight midrib and oval bowl with long oval back drop.
Label:This spoon is from an original set of twelve that Landon Carter (1710-1778) of Sabine Hall, Richmond County, Virginia, ordered through his factors in London in 1766. It was engraved, like the others in the set, at his direction in celebration of the repeal of the Stamp Act in that year. The backof each handle is inscribed "LC / 1766 / REPEAL OF THE AMERICAN / Stamp Act." The spoons bear the mark of Thomas and William Chawner, who were specialist flatware makers. Carter had been a leader in the protest of the Stamp Act and was prideful in his early advocacy for representation in the presence of taxation.
Provenance:By direct descent from Landon Carter to Mrs. and Mrs. Beverley Randolph Welford.
Mark(s):Marked in relief on back of stem: 1) gothic uppercase "L" date letter for 1766-1767; 2) leopard's head crowned; 3) lion passant; and 4) "T·C/ W·C" in relief within a square for Thomas & William Chawner (Grimwade 1990 no. 3816)
Inscription(s):Engraved on back of handle in script and block letters: "LC / 1766 / REPEAL of the AMERICAN / Stamp Act"