An American Silver Tablespoon Paul Revere, Jr., Boston, MA, Circa 1775 the rounded down-turned handle bright-cut and engraved with wrigglework borders, the terminal with script initials GG marked on reverse of handle pellet Revere in a rectangle (Kane mark B) Length 8 1/8 inches
Estimate $ 7,000-9,000
Literature: Patricia E. Kane, Colonial Massachusetts Silversmiths and Jewelers, 1998 p. 835. Antiques, November 1964, p 531.
The initials GG are those of Gardiner Greene (1753-1832) a Boston and Guyana-based merchant and cotton planter. Born in Boston, Greene first travelled to Demerara, Guyana at the age of twenty-one, where he grew his mercantile and planting empire. In 1785 he married firstly Anne Reading (1762-1786), and again in 1788 to Elizabeth Hubbard (176-1797), with whom he had four children. He met his third wife, Elizabeth Clarke Copley (1770-1866), daughter of painter John Singleton Copley, in London around 1800. Greene acted as Copley's agent in Boston for nearly 20 years. The couple had seven children and lived in Boston in Pemberton Square.