This is an exceedingly rare example of an American marrow scoop. The last American example we had was an earlier example by S. Kirk from Baltimore, c. 1835, that we sold a few years ago. Marrow scoops were originally used for feasting on bone marrow, considered a delicacy. This clever instrument has two narrow and long scoops of varying proportions.
Made from multiple parts, the ends are attached to the rectangular center box and strengthened with circular rings. The ends have a soft, matte finish and beautiful original gilding. The center is engraved on one panel with the monogram 'A.E.' and another is engraved with the date 'Sep. 14, 1875'. The center also is decorated with bright-cut engraving, has a matte finish but no gilding which adds a nice contrast.
This stunning scoop is marked with Gorham's trademarks along with 'STERLING/ 4'. It measures 10.25 inches long, weighs 1.45 troy ounces and is in excellent antique condition.