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Spoon and marrow scoop

Spoon and marrow scoop

  • Place of origin:

    London (made)

  • Date:

    1758-1759 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Turner, William (maker)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Silver, forged and engraved

  • Credit Line:

    Gift of J.H. Fitzhenry

  • Museum number:

    158-1903

  • 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 decoration). 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

Spoon of silver, with a marrow scoop handle, engraved with the initials M*H on back of narrow scoop. Narrow handle, two thirds of its length fashioned as a scoop, pointed bowl with a leaf pattern drop on the back

Place of Origin

London (made)

Date

1758-1759 (made)

Artist/maker

Turner, William (maker)

Materials and Techniques

Silver, forged and engraved

Marks and inscriptions

London hallmarks for 1758-59

Mark of William Turner

Engraved with the initials M.H.
Unidentified

Dimensions

Length: 21.8 cm Tip of spoon bowl to tip of scoop, Weight: 51.5 g

Descriptive line

Silver, London hallmarks for 1758-59, mark of William Turner (Grimwade 3353) - initials in script, a dot afterwards

Bibliographic References (Citation, Note/Abstract, NAL no)

Ian Pickford, Silver Flatware, English, Irish and Scottish, 1660-1980, Woodbridge, Antique Collectors; Club, 1983. ISBN. 0907462359

Materials

Silver

Techniques

Forging (metal forming); Engraving (incising)

Subjects depicted

Initials (abbreviations)

Categories

Eating; Metalwork; Tableware & cutlery

Collection

Metalwork Collection

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