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Silver serving spoon, made in Edinburgh

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Silver serving spoon, made in Edinburgh
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This serving spoon, dated 1783-4, was made in Edinburgh by Alexander Gairdner. Known as an 'Onslow' end spoon, this unusual pattern is said to be called after Speaker Onslow of the House of Commons.

Silver serving spoon with an oval bowl and an Onslow end, by Alexander Gairdner, Edinburgh, 1783 - 1784

In the 18th and 19th centuries, making cutlery, or flatware, was the mainstay of many Scottish goldsmiths. As eating habits became more sophisticated cutlery items were produced in greater numbers and had an increasingly diverse range of patterns.

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