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Brent

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iconnumber posted 09-14-2010 11:07 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Brent     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote


Here is a cute little item. It is a simple fiddle handle spoon, but very tiny as shown. I have other tiny spoons that appear to be toys, but this one seems more like a snuff spoon with its tiny bowl. Any thoughts? Also, does anyone know this G.T mark offhand? I can't seem to find it on a quick search through the usual sources.

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OWK

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iconnumber posted 09-14-2010 11:54 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for OWK     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I would call it a snuff spoon. In my experience, snuff spoons tend to be less that 3 inches in length. Those spoons traditionally called "toy" spoons are between 3 and 4 inches.

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Hose_dk

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iconnumber posted 10-04-2010 01:14 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Hose_dk     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
In my opinion it is a salt spoon.

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agphile

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iconnumber posted 10-04-2010 09:27 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for agphile     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I had hesitated to comment earlier because I cannot be confident about applying experience of English silver to American examples. In England spoons of this size are often described as snuff spoons but I do not know what the evidence is for this, though even smaller spoons than this one are sometimes found clipped inside the lid of an early 18th century snuff box.

Salt spoons would normally be larger than this. I have some tiny salt cellars and salt spoons from the early 20th century that were intended to go with individual place settings but I don’t think such a practice prevailed in the early to mid 19th century which I assume to be the period of the spoon in question.

The small size of the bowl might indeed suggest use for snuff or even perhaps for a fiery condiment such as cayenne pepper. Generally, however, I take snuff spoon as a term to indicate the size of a spoon rather than a definite indicator of its original use.

P.S. A correction to the above posting. I have used some careless wording. Individual salt cellars and spoons for each place setting will have started with the advent of trencher salts - but they were not tiny. It is the tiny salt cellar and salt spoon that I think of as untypical of the 19th century

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Hose_dk

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iconnumber posted 10-04-2010 01:55 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Hose_dk     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
well I agree to the fact that different countries have different use of items that look similar.
So snuff could very well be the case.
A salt spoon could be 5 cm. approx 5 cm

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