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MARROW SCOOP
MARROW SPOON

The long narrow gulley of the spoon, allowed one to remove marrow from the bone. These spoons were widely used during the reign of Queen Anne, when marrow was considered quite a delicacy and meat was a luxury only the rich could afford on a regular basis.
The marrow spoon was made of silver because that would fit in best with the rest of the fancy silver dishes and utensils on a dining room table and, moreover, a wood or a tin marrow spoon would probably break while digging inside the bone.

silver marrow spoon: London 1704

Examples of silver marrow spoons can be found as early as the 1690s and were an integral part of many travelling canteens.
By the end of the 18th century, marrow spoons had become quite rare and were rapidly being superseded by silver marrow scoops.
The marrow scoop has two scoops one being roughly twice the length of the other. When in pattern form the distinguishing decoration is found on the front between the two scoops and the hallmarks are in the centre of the underside

silver marrow spoon: London 1740 silver marrow spoon
silver marrow spoon: 1748 silver marrow spoon: 1748
silver marrow scoop: Jeff Griffith 1732
silver marrow scoop: London 1770
silver marrow scoop: London 1770
silver marrow scoop: Robert Scarlett 1723
silver marrow scoop: Robert Scarlett 1723
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