MARK: Struck on reverse of handle with an intaglio “J & P. MOOD” mark in a rectangular reserve with serrated edges.
MAKER: Brothers John (1792-1864) and Peter (1796-1879) Mood were the sons of Charleston silversmith Peter Mood Sr. (1766-1821). The Moods came from a long line of German silversmiths, including the brothers’ grandfather John Peter Muth (1730-1778), who settled in Philadelphia in 1750 and died during the Revolutionary War. Their father moved to Charleston circa 1785 and began working as a silversmith. When John came of age and joined his father’s shop in 1814, the name of the firm changed to Mood & Son. At some time after 1815 John also became a Methodist preacher. The business changed names again (to Mood & Sons) when Peter Jr. joined three years later. Peter Mood Sr. died in 1821. After a series of short lived partnerships, John and Peter Mood formed a partnership sometime around 1834. The partnership of J & P Mood ended circa 1841 due to financial setbacks brought about, in part, by the the robbery of the firm by an employee. After the partnership ended, John went back into business for himself, and evidence suggests that Peter Jr. moved to New York. John died in Charleston in 1864 and Peter died in New York in 1879. See E. Milby Burton, “South Carolina Silversmiths 1690-1860” (Charleston, SC: Charleston Museum, 1967).
FORM: Large ladles were popular for serving punch. Most had plain hemispherical bowls, others were round, and a few had scalloped or shaped bowls.