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Culture:Dutch (possibly)
Title:spoon
Date Made:ca. 1720
Type:Food Service
Materials:base metal: pewter
Place Made:The Netherlands; Holland (possibly)
Measurements:overall: 7 1/4 in x 1 3/4 in x 1 in; 18.415 cm x 4.445 cm x 2.54 cm
Accession Number:  HD 56.047.1
Credit Line:Mrs. Quincy Bent gift
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Description:
Pewter spoon with a trifed handle with a center flower head surrounded by a pattern of dots. Prior to the introduction of the fork, spoons formed the main utensil used for dining. To make a spoon, molten pewter was poured into a two- part bronze mold that had been coated with a parting agent – most often soot from a candle. After cooling slightly, the spoon could be removed from the mold. Once cool, spoon’s sprue (waste piece of casting) and any extra flashing were snipped off, and then polished with several grades of abrasives.

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