Porcelain medicine spoon

1830-1930 in Europe

Buy this image as a print 

License this image for commercial use at Science and Society Picture Library

A608492, Earthenware medicine spoon, cream glaze, 1801-1920, English(?). A608496, Porcelain medicine spoon, with bowed
Science Museum Group Collection
© The Board of Trustees of the Science Museum

Porcelain medicine spoon, with bowed half-cover, 1830-1930, European(?) or American(?)

Medicine spoons, such as this blue and white example) were used to measure out doses of liquid medicines. The leaf-shaped moulded decoration at the bottom of the handle gives the spoon stability. Medicine spoons were popular during the 1800s and were generally ceramic (like this one) or pewter. Some had a half cover to prevent the medicine spilling over the sides. One of the problems with this type of spoon is that it is not marked with any scale, although later spoons are marked with a scale of teaspoon, dessertspoon and tablespoon. It is shown here with a similar example (A608492).

On display

Science Museum: Medicine: The Wellcome Galleries

If you are visiting to see this object, please contact us in advance to make sure that it will be on display.


Object Number:
complete, gilt and porcelain (glazed)
medicine spoon
  • furnishing and equipment
  • tools & equipment
  • medicine measure
Brodny, M.L.

Cite this page


We encourage the use and reuse of our collection data.

Data in the title, made, maker and details fields are released under Creative Commons Zero

Descriptions and all other text content are licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 licence

Using our data


Download catalogue entry as json

View manifest in IIIF viewer

Add to Animal Crossing Art Generator

Download manifest IIIF

Our records are constantly being enhanced and improved, but please note that we cannot guarantee the accuracy of any information shown on this website.