Condiment Spoon

Condiment Spoon

Hannah Robinson (1803-1878)

ca. 1850

This condiment spoon was created by Hannah Robinson, who was one of the only female silversmiths in Delaware during the 19th century. Not only did Robinson create her products, but she also managed her own business on Market Street in Wilmington. Many of her pieces bare the stamp “H. Robinson,” on the reverse and feature delicate floral designs and engravings of the owners’ initials.

For Further Thinking: Why might people from the 19th century have considered silversmith work to be more appropriate for men than for women?

Who are some women today who are taking on careers in fields typically held by men?