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Marrow scoop

Object Number: 
1965.1
Date: 
ca. 1790
Medium: 
Silver
Dimensions: 
Overall: 8 3/4 x 3/4 x 1/2 in. ( 22.2 x 1.9 x 1.3 cm ) Silver Weight: 1 oz (troy) 4 dwt (38 g)
Marks: 
stamped: on the underside of the stem: "GILBERT" in a rectangle
Description: 
Coin silver marrow scoop with a thin stem with each end channeled in the form of a long narrow scoops in two widths with arched drops; maker's mark stamped on the underside of the stem.
Gallery Label: 
Marrow extracted from the soft cavity at the center of beef bones was a prized delicacy from the late seventeenth century through the Victorian era. During the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, refined dining necessitated the use of specialized silver implements to remove and eat the savory contents. The first utensil designed for this purpose was the marrow spoon, with a conventional bowl at one end and a handle in the form of a narrow channel for scooping out the marrow. During the early eighteenth century, the implement evolved into the more specialized marrow scoop, with opposing channels in two widths for extracting the jelly from bones of different sizes. This example, with both channels facing up, is typical of most scoops, but in some the channels are oriented in opposite directions.
Credit Line: 
Purchase
Provenance: 
Descent unknown; purchased from Whimsy Antiques, Arlington, Vt., 1965.
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.
Creative: Tronvig Group