Of heavy gauge silver, the ovoid bowl with rattail attachment to a long narrow scoop;
excellent marks to the verso (Grimwade, #84);
the scoop end with remains of a crest :
a griffin's head erased, in mouth a branch
Note : Andrew Archer was a well known spoon maker.
He apprenticed to Dorothy Grant, widow of William Grant, in 1697, obtaining freedom in 1699.
His first mark was entered as largeworker, in 1703, on Fleet Street, London.
His second mark was entered in 1720, on Brides Lane, at the Rod and Crown where he remained until his death in 1725
Roasted bone marrow was considered a great delicacy in the Queen Anne and George I periods (1702-1727),
when meat was quite expensive.
To accommodate the extraction of the marrow from the bone centers,
'silver spoons, with a long narrow scoop at one end', were used.
The earliest marrow spoon on record dates to about 1690.
These marrow 'spoons' were quickly superseded by marrow 'scoops', which
had a large scoop at one end, and small scoop at the other - suitable to differing widths of bone.
However, the 'marrow spoon' remains my preferred marrow utensil -
both as to its dual nature of use, and its visually interesting form.
It is also rarer.
Although roasted bone marrow went out of fashion for a long period of time,
it is once again considered a delicacy - and often served at festive occasions .
Condition : Excellent with minor surface scratched appropriate to age and usage
Condition : Excellent with good marks; no repairs or breaks; no tip wear;
however considerable rubbing to the crest
9" Long / 2 oz.
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