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Ebenezer Coker Antique English Sterling 'Shell Back' Silver Marrow Spoon, London, 1748/49

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This is a rare form in silver flatware. It is a marrow spoon with one end shaped as a marrow scoop. Marrow was (is) considered a delicacy and these instruments were invented to core the marrow from bones during a meal. Usually marrow scoops are constructed with two different sized scoops on each end to assist with various sized bones. Marrow spoons are considerably rarer, typically earlier, and this is a wonderful Example. The drop on the back of the bowl is decorated with a wonderful and rare shell design. 

This rare utensil is fully hallmarked on the back. It measures 8.5 inches long, weighs 2.0 troy ounces and is in excellent antique condition.

Provenance: From the collection of Dale E. Bennett