02-18-2007 02-18-2007
Skinner Auctions
Skinner Auctions Boston MA
2349 Boston
February 18, 2007 11:00AMCalender
844

Silver Tongue Depressor

$14,100$12,000
Auction: American Furniture & Decorative Arts - 2349 Location: Boston Date / Time: February 18, 2007 11:00AM

Description:

Silver Tongue Depressor, Paul Revere, Jr., (1734-1818), Boston, Massachusetts, fiddle coffin-shaped handle on depressor with pierced blade, stamped "REVERE" in a rectangle, lg. 5 1/8 in.

Literature: This tongue depressor is listed in the checklist of Paul Revere Jr.'s works in Colonial Massachusetts Silversmiths and Jewelers, by Patricia Kane, Yale University Art Gallery, New Haven Connecticut, p. 884. In the biography about Paul Revere Jr. in this book, it is interesting to note that Revere supplemented his silversmithing with other occupations including dentistry, and it may be possible this tongue depressor was used in this practice.

Note: The depressor was apparently a gift from the Towle Silver Company of Providence, Rhode Island, to the Rhode Island School of Design where it was exhibited in 1965.
Estimate $4,000-6,000

Keywords

Paul Revere , Jr., Paul Revere Jr., Massachusetts, Yale University, Yale University Art Gallery, Patricia Kane, Towle Silver Company, Rhode Island School of Design, Rhode Island