Is this for real?
Here is a link that might be useful: marrow scoop?
What part do you think is unreal:
Marrow scoops did exist. YOu scoop the marrow out of roasted bones and spread it on toast. It's quite good.
In the old days, only infants drank milk. So calcium in the diet came from other sources including marrow, a very nutritious food.
That marrow better taste good ~ lol.
I have a copy of an old catalog for this pattern &, yes, the marrow scoop is real. I'm not surprised the auction brought this much money - most American companies of this era didn't make this piece. I think it's maybe the first one I've ever seen.
Yes the price is for real, they are quite rare & silver collectors really like them. I have sold several Irish double ended marrow scoops over the years, for quite a bit more than that one.
A bone marrow scoop would command a much higher price than other pieces because of its rarity. It was a useful item that was relatively rare. Not many folks bought these. I recall my mother using a spoon handle to dig the marrow out of large bones.
A marrow scoop has little use today with the majority of people buying their meats from the counter in a store. It was needed when folks prepared and cooked (at home) large boned animals such as hogs, beef, sheep, and deer.
I've seen marrow scoops but never in a "pattern" and never one so recent....
Would have loved to had bought it...butt hat $00 will buy many other things...
Hester thanks for the info....that is my daughter's pattern....so I will take pictures of a couple of things she has and ask your opinion....when I get back from Florida.
Shocking price for one that's only a little over 100 years old, and stamped out of a mechanical press at that. Goodness. I have hand-wrought marrow scoops from the 18th c., more than twice the age of that, by famous makers, which are not priced much higher than that. So, no, I can't see why such a recent scoop would be fetching that price.
Also, marrow was a delicacy at some tables, hence the pretty sterling scoops. A utilitarian object used in the kitchen isn't likely to be sterling.