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made in Edinburgh

Postcard of Spoon.
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This silver tablespoon was made in Edinburgh in 1700 by Alexander Kinkaid. It would have been used as a spoon and also as a scoop to remove marrow from a meat bone.

The spoon has a pointed oval bowl and a plain stem which ends in a hollowed-out channel for scooping out the marrow.

With the development of increasingly sophisticated eating habits, especially from the 18th century, more and more items were required for the dinner table - from marrow scoops to fish slices. These were made in an increasingly diverse range of patterns.

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Online ID: 000-100-001-170-C
Image Rights Holder: National Museums Scotland
Project: 0098: National Museums Scotland
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Ref: National Museums Scotland  H.MEQ 1558
Date: 1700
Material: Silver. Inscription: On underside of stem, near bowl: { }AK; castle; { }P; u [gothic]
Dimensions: 125 mm L x 43 mm W bowl
What: Spoon, tablespoon / scoop, marrow
Subject: Gold and silver (NMAS Classification)
Who: Alexander Kinkaide, Edinburgh (Silversmith)
James Penman, assay master
Where: Scotland, Midlothian, Edinburgh
Description: Combined silver tablespoon and marrow scoop with a pointed oval bowl and plain stem which ends in a hollowed-out channel, by Alexander Kinkaide, Edinburgh, 1700
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