Silver medicine spoon, Europe, 1701-1900

Made:
1701-1900 in Europe
maker:
Unknown

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Silver medicine spoon, half covered, in original carton

This spoon was designed to help give patients their medicine more easily and may also have been used for feeding. The spoon is half covered to prevent liquid spilling out while it is being poured into the mouth through the end hole. It may also have helped by preventing the patient from getting too close a look at any medicine they were about to take.

This spoon is punched with the words “PRACTICAL KIDDICRAFT”, which may be a maker’s name and also suggests that the spoon was intended to be used for children.

Details

Category:
Nursing & Hospital Furnishings
Object Number:
A641469
Materials:
carton, paper, spoon, silver
type:
spoon
taxonomy:
  • furnishing and equipment
  • tools & equipment
  • flatware
  • furnishing and equipment
  • tools & equipment
  • medicine measure
status:
Loan: Wellcome Trust

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