For the 20 years that we did antique shows I almost always had one or more of these special spoons available for sale. For a while now I haven't found any and only recently have they surfaced again. They are one of my favorite objects to look at, handle, and to sell!
While very similar to item #twt3219, this one is slightly shorter (7 1/2" vs 7 3/4") and the bowl is a little more irregular and 3 1/4" instead of 3 1/2" long).
The rainbow effect in the natural shell surface is mesmerizing and the spiral curve of the shell of the handle is just so interesting. Really lovely and a very special addition to your table scape - a true testimony to your special ability to create a wonderful visual delight for your family and guests!
Sometimes we carry the complimentary smaller sized ones too and expect a couple to arrive soon. This one is in excellent condition and is in the larger size at 7 1/2" long. The scoop part measures about 3 1/4" x 2 1/4". Excellent condition.
We do not know the age or origins of these wonderful items but we think they were made in the Pacific Rim. There can be quite a variation in construction too. We have seen some rather shoddily put together where the handle meets the scoop. This one, however, is very well constructed and formed and where the handle attaches to the scoop it is very secure and handsomely done. The shape of the brass plate that makes this attachment is slightly different than twt3219. The next to last photo shows both these 7+" spoons together.
The very last photo shows an array of these spoons in various sizes.
Traditionally, shell spoons are also called 'egg' spoons (a reference to roe or caviar) and are used to serve foods sourced from the sea as salt will pit and damage silver but will not cause a problem for these natural servers. So it is suitable for doling out caviar, white fish salad, shrimp, etc. Enjoy!
Item ID: twt3227
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