Owner wants to scoop up knowl­edge about unique spoon

The Palm Beach Post - Residences - - Residences - Anne Gil­bert

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.

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