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Identification and Creation

Object Number
Paul Revere Jr., American (Boston, MA 1734 - 1818 Boston, MA)
One of two Ragout Spoons
Work Type
Creation Place: North America, United States, Massachusetts, Boston
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Level 2, Room 2340, European and American Art, 17th–19th century, The Silver Cabinet: Art and Ritual, 1600–1850
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Physical Descriptions

29.8 cm (11 3/4 in.)
253 g
Inscriptions and Marks
  • maker's mark: back of handle, stamped: REVERE
  • monogram: on terminal, engraved: MRH [monogram of Michael Moses and Rachel (Myers) Hays]


Recorded Ownership History
Moses Michael Hays (1739-1805) and Rachel Myers (1738-1810), New York, Newport, and Boston, by descent; to their daughter, Judith Hays (1767-1844) and Samuel Myers (1755-1836), Richmond, by descent; to their son, Samuel Hays Myers (1799-1849), by descent; to his son, Edmund Trowbridge Dana Myers (1830-1905), by descent; to his son, Edmund Trowbridge Danan Myers, Jr. (1862-1934), by descent; to his daughter, Anna Hays Myers (b. 1895) and Daniel Doak Talley, by descent; to their heirs, sold [through Christie's, New York, January 17-18, 1992, lot 178]. [Sotheby's, New York, January 20, 2012]. Daniel and Susan Pollack, gift; to Harvard Art Museums, 2020

Acquisition and Rights

Credit Line
Harvard Art Museums/Fogg Museum, The Pollack Collection, gift of Daniel A. Pollack AB ’60 and Susan F. Pollack AB ’64
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European and American Art

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Publication History

  • Kathryn C. Buhler, Masterpieces of American Silver, exh. cat., Virginia Museum of Fine Arts (Richmond, 1960), p. 62, cat. no. 104
  • Important American Furniture, Silver, Prints, Folk Art and Decorative Arts, auct. cat., Christie's, New York (New York, January 17-18, 1992), pp. 92-94, lot 178, repr. p. 93
  • Patricia E. Kane, Colonial Massachusetts Silversmiths and Jewelers: A Biographical Dictionary based on the Notes of Francis Hill Bigelow & John Marshall Phillips, Yale University Press (U.S.) (New Haven, CT, 1998), p. 825
  • Important Americana: Furniture, Folk Art, Silver, Porcelain, Prints and Carpets, exh. cat., Sotheby's, New York (New York, January 20, 2012), Lot 100,, accessed February 22, 2021
  • Jeanne Sloane, Early American Silver in the collection of Daniel A. Pollack, Privately Published (Boston [?], 2019), cat. no. 24, repr.
  • "Harvard Art Museums Receive Important Gift of American Silver", Artfixdaily Artwire ([e-journal], March 22, 2022),, accessed March 24, 2022

Exhibition History

  • Masterpieces of American Silver, Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, 01/15/1960 - 02/14/1960
  • 32Q: 2340 Cabinet Gallery, Harvard Art Museums, Cambridge, 03/14/2022 - 01/01/2050

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