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Marrow  scoop

Marrow scoop

  • Place of origin:

    London (made)

  • Date:

    1774-1775

  • Artist/Maker:

    Fearn, William

  • Credit Line:

    Gift of R. F. Norton, K. C.

  • Museum number:

    M.230-1916

  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

A marrow scoop consists of two scoops of different size, joined by a stem, which are designed to remove the marrow jelly from bones. They seem to have emerged as a distinct type of flatware in around 1710: seventeenth-century scoops were in fact spoons with a scoop-shapped stem. Although they were originally supplied as a single item in a set of twelve knives, forks and spoons, inventories suggest that by the end of the eighteenth century marrow scoops, too, were sold in sets of a dozen.

Physical description

Sterling silver marrow scoop of plain design, two different size scoops joined by a short stem

Place of Origin

London (made)

Date

1774-1775

Artist/maker

Fearn, William

Marks and inscriptions

On back of stem, beside narrower scoop:
gothic-style letter 'U' for London assay office year 1775-76; leopard's head crowned, mark of the London assay office; lion passant, sterling silver mark; maker's mark of William Fearn (Grimwade 3117).

Crest engraved on back of bowl of wider scoop.

Dimensions

Length: 22.5 cm From tip of bowl to tip of bowl, Weight: 36.8 g

Object history note

The spoon was among several silver objects (such as a wine strainer and a tureen) presented to the Museum by R. F. Norton, K. C. of 36 Inverness Terrace, Hyde Park.

Descriptive line

Silver, English (London), 1774-75, mark of William Fearn

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

Grimwade, Arthur G.. London Goldsmiths 1697-1837. Their Marks and Lives. 1st edn. London: Faber and Faber, 1976
Clayton, Michael. The Collector’s Dictionary of the Silver and Gold of Great Britain and North America, 2nd edn, rev. Woodbridge, Suffolk: Antique Collectors’ Club, 1985. ISBN 090746257X
Snodin, Michael. English Silver Spoons. London: Charles Letts, 1974. ISBN 850971101

Materials

Sterling silver

Collection

Metalwork Collection

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