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On display at V&A South Kensington
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Scoop

1740 (made)
Artist/Maker
Place Of Origin

Object Type
Scoops are one of the oldest types of eating utensils. A scoop allowed anyone without teeth, young or old, to eat a raw apple. Apple scoops could also be used to remove the core of the apple. The earliest apple scoops were made from sheep bones. This scoop is made from boxwood.

Materials & Making
Bone or wooden scoops were often carved with patterns. More expensive scoops were made in ivory or had silver decoration. Apple scoops were suitable for making and carving by hand at home. This scoop is cleverly carved with patterns, a moving ball, a date and two sets of initials. It is made of boxwood which is a smooth-grained wood suitable for delicate carving.

Ownership & Use
Scoops were personal items and there was a superstition that it was unlucky for anyone other than the owner to use one. Many, like this one, have dates on them and were probably made as gifts. The initials on this one suggest that it might have given as a love or marriage token.


object details
Categories
Object Type
Materials and Techniques
Carved boxwood
Brief Description
Carved boxwood apple scoop, incised with initials and pierced at the top in the form of a crown enclosing a ball. English, 1740.
Physical Description
Carved boxwood apple scoop, the top pierced in the form of a crown enclosing a moving ball. The shaft is decorated with chip carving and the lower part is incised with the initials, I.A., and W.C.
Dimensions
  • Length: 15.2cm
  • Width: 1.9cm
Marks and Inscriptions
Incised '1740', 'IA' and 'WC'.
Credit line
Given by Ms Hylda Mary Harrison
Object history
England
Summary
Object Type
Scoops are one of the oldest types of eating utensils. A scoop allowed anyone without teeth, young or old, to eat a raw apple. Apple scoops could also be used to remove the core of the apple. The earliest apple scoops were made from sheep bones. This scoop is made from boxwood.

Materials & Making
Bone or wooden scoops were often carved with patterns. More expensive scoops were made in ivory or had silver decoration. Apple scoops were suitable for making and carving by hand at home. This scoop is cleverly carved with patterns, a moving ball, a date and two sets of initials. It is made of boxwood which is a smooth-grained wood suitable for delicate carving.

Ownership & Use
Scoops were personal items and there was a superstition that it was unlucky for anyone other than the owner to use one. Many, like this one, have dates on them and were probably made as gifts. The initials on this one suggest that it might have given as a love or marriage token.
Collection
Accession Number
W.18-1935

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record createdMarch 27, 2003
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