Owner wants to scoop up knowledge about unique spoon
Question: My late grandfather was a country doctor in Indiana. When he passed on the family donated his medical items to the local museum. Years later this strange ceramic object turned up in my late mother’s china cabinet. I have no idea what its purpose was.
It looks like a weird spoon. Is it worth selling and if so where and at what price? Answer: Your object is a medicine spoon. Many were decorated with floral motifs and cheerful colors. Others were made of various metals.
Your spoon was made between 1870 and 1900. Fortunately, medical objects have improved since then.
Your spoon has more historical value than monetary. However, there are medical-object collectors; also, Skinner Auctioneers & Appraisers in Marlborough, Mass. holds periodic auctions of medical equipment.
Prices for 19th century ceramic medicine spoons range from $30 and up, depending on the design and maker. Check the internet for more exact prices.
Do you have an antique item and need more information? For a personal reply, send a photo, history, size, and any signatures with a self-addressed stamped envelope and $25 to Anne Gilbert-Strawbridge, 1811 Renaissance Commons Blvd., #2-319, Boynton Beach, FL 33426.