Silver medicine spoon

Made:
1701-1900 in Europe
maker:
Unknown
Silver medicine spoon, half covered, in original carton. Full view on black perspex background.

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Silver medicine spoon, half covered, in original carton. Full view on black perspex background.
Science Museum Group Collection
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Silver medicine spoon, half covered, with narrow opening at the tip, 1701-1900

This spoon was designed to help give patients their medicine more easily and may also have been used for feeding. The spoon is half covered to prevent liquid spilling out while it is being poured into the mouth through the end hole. It may also have helped by preventing the patient from getting too close a look at any medicine they were about to take.

This spoon is punched with the words “PRACTICAL KIDDICRAFT”, which may be a maker’s name and also suggests that the spoon was intended to be used for children.

Details

Category:
Nursing & Hospital Furnishings
Object Number:
A641469/1
type:
spoon
credit:
Loan, Wellcome Trust