Spoon commemorating smallpox recovery, London, England, 1740

1740 in London

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1980-1320/1 Silver spoon, one of two, commemorating smallpox, 1741, made in London, 1740. 1980-1320/2 Silver spoon,
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Silver spoon, one of two, commemorating smallpox recovery, 1741, made in London, 1740

The silver spoon commemorates the recovery of two people from smallpox. Surviving the disease was worth celebrating as it was often fatal. Survivors would be left with scars on the skin as a permanent reminder of the disease, but also had life long immunity from smallpox.

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