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dragonflywink

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iconnumber posted 07-08-2018 04:21 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for dragonflywink     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Okay, it's not metal, but thought some might find it interesting anyway. I have a small collection of carved wooden spoons, most Norwegian, but believe this one is probably American, though it could certainly be from England or elsewhere. It's 11" long, and very well carved from a hard, tight and even grained wood (stained maple, maybe?), with remnants of what appears to be yellow ochre paint in the bowl and the crevices - it's silky smooth to the touch, and light in weight from age. Have seen other carved fiddle spoons in wood, bone, and horn, and some even have drops, but this is the first shell-back I've seen, and find it rather elegantly done...

~Cheryl


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iconnumber posted 07-08-2018 04:32 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Scott Martin     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Ya live & ya learn. Thanks so much.

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ahwt

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iconnumber posted 07-09-2018 05:46 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for ahwt     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Those spoons look great. I have seen the pattern shown on the top of the bowl and I think it was on carved coconuts.
Would coconuts come big enough to make your spoons?

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iconnumber posted 07-10-2018 11:21 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Scott Martin     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I think most coconut seeds are too small & round.

June was in the Seychelles not long ago. She returned talking about the Seychelles' amazing female and male Coco-de-mer coconuts.

Perhaps the Coco-de-mer seed is the right size? More info here - Coco de mer: The Forbidden Fruit .

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dragonflywink

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iconnumber posted 07-13-2018 01:39 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for dragonflywink     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
It's only one spoon, front and back views - definitely wood and not coconut shell (even if a coco-de-mer were used, which would be doubtful, since their value is in their intact form, it wouldn't really fit the shape of the spoon). Have little doubt that it's modeled after a shell-back fiddle pattern silver spoon, and nice enough that would seem done by an experienced wood carver. That pretty much straight drop is the reason I suspect American, have seen similar on 1830ish shell-back fiddles (believe mostly NY state makers), though the dimensional form of the shell is something I've seen more often on British shell-backs. The carving is also very reminiscent of some shell motifs on furniture - perhaps a cabinetmaker's whimsey?

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