Silver Tablespoon with Custis Crest
Original Author: Thomas Tookey, silversmith
Created: Second half eighteenth century
Medium: Silver tablespoon

Silver Tablespoon with Custis Crest

A silver tablespoon from a set that belonged to John Parke Custis bears the Custis family crest—the head of an eagle. Thomas Tookey, a London silversmith, made the silverware, which features an Old English pattern with a feathered edge. The silver was passed down through the family from one generation to the next: from John Parke Custis (1754–1781), to George Washington Parke Custis (1781–1857), to Mary Anna Randolph Custis (1807–1873) who married Robert E. Lee, to Robert E. Lee Jr. (1843–1914), and then on to his descendants.