Marrow spoon, 1757-1758
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The slender, silver rod, broadened and dished, or spatulated, at both ends, is used for drawing marrow from the bones of meat during dining. One of the dished or hollowed sections is widened somewhat, giving the appearance of a long spoon or scoop with a rounded end. The reverse of that broadened end bears the engraved family crest of Franklin. A set of hallmarks is impressed on the reverse of the central rod.

The hallmarks, applied during the fabrication process, were stretched almost into illegibility. "The distortion of the marks...may be due to the stems having been shaped after hallmarking, a common practice during the eighteenth century." (Wees) Terms of Use Credits