Object Number: 
ca. 1780-90
Overall: 8 1/2 x 1 5/8 x 7/8 in. ( 21.6 x 4.1 x 2.2 cm )
impressed: on reverse: "MANISON"
Cast pewter spoon with oval bowl and shell drop; handle with rounded, flat end; border of saw-tooth band, and saw-tooth band oval on obverse.
Gallery Label: 
Thomas Manison was listed as a spoon maker working in Birmingham, England from 1790 to 1809. This spoon is an excellent example of his work and represents a style of spoon made both in England and the United States. The decoration is cast and is "mirror" engraved on the mold resulting in the "bright-cut" appearance, meant to mimic the engraving done by hand on silver spoons. The spoon still exhibits the scrape marks produced when finishing the back of the bowl. This object was once part of the folk art collection of Elie Nadelman (1882-1946), the avant-garde sculptor. From 1924 to 1934, Nadelman's collection was displayed in his Museum of Folk Arts, located in the Riverdale section of the Bronx. The Historical Society purchased Nadelman's entire collection in 1937.
Credit Line: 
Purchased from Elie Nadelman
The Folk Art Collection of Elie Nadelman
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.
Creative: Tronvig Group