|Description||Silver teaspoon with an oval bowl and turned up handle with mid-rib. Underside of bowl shows rat-tail type attachment to stem. Initials "FB" engraved on back of handle. Back of stem has two impressed hallmarks, heart-shaped with initials "WKC". The hallmark is that of Cornelius Wynkoop, a silversmith active in New York City ca. 1724-1740.|
|Ownership and History||
This spoon was found in the soil beneath the floor of the Billiou-Stillwell-Perine House in Dongan Hills, Staten Island. The house was built ca. 1662 and still stands today as the oldest house on Staten Island and one of the oldest in New York City.
The initials FB are believed to be those of Frances Britton, an early resident of the house. Francis (Stillwell) Britton lived from 1682 to 1748. Frances was a daughter of Martha (Billiou) Stillwell, and she was married to Nicholas Britton around 1701.
|Lexicon Sub-category||Food Service T&E|
Britton, Frances (Stillwell)
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