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Dessert spoon

Dessert spoon

  • Place of origin:

    Aberdeen (made)

  • Date:

    ca. 1760 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:


  • Materials and Techniques:

    Silver, engraved

  • Credit Line:

    Given by Mrs Geoffrey Webb.

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

A spoon is a type of household implement used (depending on the form and size) for serving, stirring, basting, eating etc., and consisting of a shallow bowl (usually oval, sometimes circular) and a handle (varying in length, curvature and style of decoration0. From about the 1660s to the 1760s, the stem curved in the same direction of the bowl but thereafter, with the advent of spoons made in the ‘Old English Pattern’, the stem curved in the opposite direction of the bowl so that when a spoon is laid on a table both the bottom of the bowl and the terminal of the stem are in contact with the surface and the spoon is in a balanced position; hence on later spoons the decoration is on the front of the handle.

The styles of spoons vary tremendously, especially in the shape of the stem, the decoration of the bowl and the form of the terminal. The patterns of some spoons have distinctive names based on the shape and style of the handle, e.g. fiddle pattern, Old English Pattern, Onslow Pattern and dozens of others, both old and modern.

Physical description

Dessert spoon, silver, oval bowl with a double drop, rounded, upturned and engraved with the letter G.

Place of Origin

Aberdeen (made)


ca. 1760 (made)



Materials and Techniques

Silver, engraved

Marks and inscriptions

IG and ABD

Aberdeen hallmarks ca.1760

Engraved with the letter G


Length: 20.7 cm, Weight: 61.3 g

Object history note

Gift - Mrs Geoffrey Webb
Acquisition RF: 61 / 942

Descriptive line

Dessert spoon, silver, Aberdeen marks ca.1760-1780, ABD (town mark) and 'IG' for James Gordon (Jackson p. 583 and see also James, Goldsmiths of Aberdeen, pp. 76-77); initial 'G' engraved on the back of the finial; Hanoverian pattern, double drop




Forging; Engraving (incising)

Subjects depicted



Scotland; Eating; Metalwork; Silver; Tableware & cutlery


Metalwork Collection

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