Exquisite, totally handmade and hand hammered, this unique duck billed invalid feeder is either coin silver or pure silver. My silver tester is basic but it tests for very high grade silver content. I guarantee it is at least coin (900/1000). As it is very light and completely handmade, I think it was made from pure silver or melted coins. This unique form is both hollow ware at the deep duck bill spout bowl and flatware with the spoon type handle.
These were used as baby feeders, as medicine and invalid feeders from the 16th Century. This one is exquisitely formed and detailed with obvious hammered marks throughout and a hand applied handle. From the workmanship and style I place this invalid feeder in the early Federal period 1780-1820. I found no makers marks which is sad because the workmanship is so very fine. There is a small square stamp impression that may be a makers mark just below the applied tip of the handle. There is one tiny dimple in the back part of the bowl, otherwise very fine condition. An exquisite beautifully detailed antique delight that was also so very useful! It is 5.5 inches long, the bowl is approx. 2.75".