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medicine spoon

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Dates
1860
1900
circa 1860-1900
Collection
Pat Blair Collection
Category
Home Health Care
Pharmacy and Drug Artifacts
Patient Care Artifacts
Classification
Pharmacy, General
Patient Care
Treatment, General
Accession Number
996020003
Description
Oval white porcelain medicine spoon with decorative handle, flat bottom and curved edges; spoon bowl with decorated covered area with small opening at the tip and wider at the handle; small handle with a leaf decoration at its bottom to provide stability so the spoon will stand; spoon cover, handle…
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Accession Number
996020003
Collection
Pat Blair Collection
Category
Home Health Care
Pharmacy and Drug Artifacts
Patient Care Artifacts
Classification
Pharmacy, General
Patient Care
Treatment, General
MeSH Heading
Administration, Oral -- instrumentation
Pharmacy -- instrumentation
MM= Administration Drug, Oral -- medicine spoon
Description
Oval white porcelain medicine spoon with decorative handle, flat bottom and curved edges; spoon bowl with decorated covered area with small opening at the tip and wider at the handle; small handle with a leaf decoration at its bottom to provide stability so the spoon will stand; spoon cover, handle and top side edges are decorated with a Delft blue floral pattern known as an onion pattern; perimeter, handle and leaf edges lined with gold strip; bottom in unglazed.
Number Of Parts
1
Provenance
Owned by Pat Blair, whose father owned it before her.
Dates
1860
1900
circa 1860-1900
Material
porcelain: white
ink: blue, gold
Inscriptions
On base in blue: "T. // 22"
Permanent Location
Storage Room 0010
0010-D3-9
Length
7.9 cm
Width
3.7 cm
Depth
2.3 cm
Unit Of Measure
centimeters
Condition Remarks
There is a very small chip and two small cracks at the edge of the cover opposite to the handle; spoon shows minor wear in the gold decoration
Copy Type
Original
Reference Types
Person
Document
Research Facts
Spoon made to administer liquid medications to invalids and elderly.
Exhibit History
To display in Museum: Potions, Pills and Prescriptions; May 1, 2000 - 28 Jan 2017.
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monaural stethoscope

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Dates
1860
1890
circa 1860-1890
Collection
Queen's University Faculty of Medicine Collection
Category
Diagnostic & Treatment Artifacts
Classification
Diagnosis, General
Accession Number
997002008 a-b
Description
Two part turned maple wood single stemmed monaural stethoscope; hollow tapered ear piece (a) inserts into circular chest piece (b) includes two holes to allow for different angles of hearing once ear pieces is inserted.
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Accession Number
997002008 a-b
Collection
Queen's University Faculty of Medicine Collection
Category
Diagnostic & Treatment Artifacts
Classification
Diagnosis, General
MeSH Heading
Stethoscopes
MM= Auscultation -- stethoscope -- monaural
Description
Two part turned maple wood single stemmed monaural stethoscope; hollow tapered ear piece (a) inserts into circular chest piece (b) includes two holes to allow for different angles of hearing once ear pieces is inserted.
Number Of Parts
2
Part Names
a – ear piece – Size: Length 13.6 cm x Diam 3.0 cm
b – chest piece – Size: Length 6.0 cm x Diam 1.4 cm
Provenance
Donated by Dean Barry Smith, Faculty of Medicine, Queen's University.
Dates
1860
1890
circa 1860-1890
Date Remarks
Based on usage of this type of stethoscope
Material
wood: brown
Permanent Location
Storage Room 0010
0010-B6-4
Copy Type
Originial
Reference Types
Internet
JPG
Reference Comments
Antique Med Web-site: Monaural Stethoscope; CD #6
Research Facts
Charles J. B. Williams developed the two-piece monaural stethoscope in 1843 with a trumpet shaped chest end that fit more comfortably against the chest wall, with a removable ear piece. Became the standard design. The two pieces were used in different holes for the examination of the chest or the heart. Also sensitive enough for hearing a fetus in the womb.
Exhibit History
On display Friend - Vandewater Gallery in Botterell Hall; removed January 27, 2010
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monaural stethoscope

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Dates
1860
1890
circa 1860-1890
Collection
Queen's University Faculty of Medicine Collection
Category
Diagnostic & Treatment Artifacts
Classification
Diagnosis, General
Accession Number
997002009
Description
One piece turned ebony monaural stethoscope is a hollow tapered ear piece.
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Accession Number
997002009
Collection
Queen's University Faculty of Medicine Collection
Category
Diagnostic & Treatment Artifacts
Classification
Diagnosis, General
MeSH Heading
Stethoscopes
MM= Auscultation -- stethoscope -- monaural
Description
One piece turned ebony monaural stethoscope is a hollow tapered ear piece.
Number Of Parts
1
Provenance
Donated by Dean Barry Smith, Faculty of Medicine, Queen's University.
Dates
1860
1890
circa 1860-1890
Date Remarks
Bases on usae of this type of stethoscope
Material
wood: black
Permanent Location
Storage Room 0010
0010-F4-2
Dimension Notes
Length 15.5 cm x Diam 2.4 cm
Copy Type
Originial
Reference Types
Internet
JPG
Reference Comments
Antique Med Web-site: Monaural Stethoscopes; CD #6
Research Facts
Charles J. B. Williams developed the two-piece monaural stethoscope in 1843 with a trumpet shaped chest end that fit more comfortably against the chest wall, with a removable ear piece. Became the standard design. The two pieces were used in different holes for the examination of the chest or the heart. Also sensitive enough for hearing a fetus in the womb.
Exhibit History
On display The Friend - Vandewater Gallery in Botterell Hall; removed January 27, 2010
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monaural stethoscope

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Dates
1860
1890
circa 1860-1890
Collection
Queen's University Faculty of Medicine Collection
Category
Diagnostic & Treatment Artifacts
Classification
Diagnosis, General
Accession Number
997002010
Description
One piece turned ebony monaural stethoscope is a hollow tapered ear piece with circular chest piece.
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Accession Number
997002010
Collection
Queen's University Faculty of Medicine Collection
Category
Diagnostic & Treatment Artifacts
Classification
Diagnosis, General
MeSH Heading
Stethoscopes
MM= Auscultation -- stethoscope -- monaural
Description
One piece turned ebony monaural stethoscope is a hollow tapered ear piece with circular chest piece.
Number Of Parts
1
Provenance
Donated by Dean Barry Smith, Faculty of Medicine, Queen's University.
Dates
1860
1890
circa 1860-1890
Date Remarks
Based on usage of this type of stethoscope
Material
wood: black
Permanent Location
Storage Room 0010
0010-F4-2
Dimension Notes
Length 13.7 cm x Width 5.8 cm x Depth 3.9 cm
Copy Type
Originial
Reference Types
Internet
JPG
Reference Comments
Antique Med Web-site: Monaural Stethoscope; CD #6
Research Facts
Charles J. B. Williams developed the two-piece monaural stethoscope in 1843 with a trumpet shaped chest end that fit more comfortably against the chest wall, with a removable ear piece. Became the standard design. The two pieces were used in different holes for the examination of the chest or the heart. Also sensitive enough for hearing a fetus in the womb.
Exhibit History
On exhibit “The Century: Medical Innovations of the 1800s” at Museum of Health Care, 25 June 2017.
On loan L-2016-4 to the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario’s 150th Anniversary exhibit; 30 April-8 July, 2016
On display The Friend - Vandewater Gallery in Botterell Hall; removed January 27, 2010
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monaural stethoscope

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Dates
1860
1890
circa 1860-1890
Collection
Queen's University Faculty of Medicine Collection
Category
Diagnostic & Treatment Artifacts
Classification
Diagnosis, General
Accession Number
997002011
Description
One piece turned ebony monaural stethoscope is a hollow tapered trumpet shaped ear piece with circular chest piece.
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Accession Number
997002011
Collection
Queen's University Faculty of Medicine Collection
Category
Diagnostic & Treatment Artifacts
Classification
Diagnosis, General
MeSH Heading
Stethoscopes
MM= Auscultation -- stethoscope -- monaural
Description
One piece turned ebony monaural stethoscope is a hollow tapered trumpet shaped ear piece with circular chest piece.
Number Of Parts
1
Provenance
Donated by Dean Barry Smith, Faculty of Medicine, Queen's University.
Dates
1860
1890
circa 1860-1890
Date Remarks
Based on usage of this type of stethoscope
Material
wood: black
Permanent Location
Storage Room 0010
0010-F4-2
Temporary Location
On exhibit: "Discovery Centre," Fort Henry NHS, Kingston, Ontario, 10 November 2011.
Dimension Notes
Length 20.9 cm x Width 5.3 cm x Depth 2.5 cm
Copy Type
Originial
Reference Types
Internet
JPG
Reference Comments
Antique Med Web-site: Monaural Stethoscope; CD #6
Research Facts
Charles J. B. Williams developed the two-piece monaural stethoscope in 1843 with a trumpet shaped chest end that fit more comfortably against the chest wall, with a removable ear piece. Became the standard design. The two pieces were used in different holes for the examination of the chest or the heart. Also sensitive enough for hearing a fetus in the womb.
Exhibit History
On display The Friend - Vandewater Gallery in Botterell Hall; removed January 27, 2010
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monaural stethoscope

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Dates
1880
1900
circa 1880 - 1900
Category
Diagnostic & Treatment Artifacts
Classification
Diagnosis, General
Accession Number
011021003 a-b
Description
A brown wood monaural stethoscope with detachable trumpet shaped ear plate (a) that screws onto a long hollow cylindrical piece of wood ending with circular chest piece (b)
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Accession Number
011021003 a-b
Category
Diagnostic & Treatment Artifacts
Classification
Diagnosis, General
MeSH Heading
Stethoscopes
MM= Auscultation -- stethoscope -- monaural
Description
A brown wood monaural stethoscope with detachable trumpet shaped ear plate (a) that screws onto a long hollow cylindrical piece of wood ending with circular chest piece (b)
Number Of Parts
2
Part Names
a - ear plate b - chest peice
Provenance
From the estate of Dr. D. McKercher Queen's Med Class of 1944 - items belonging to his partner Dr. J. K. M. Dickie an ear nose and throat specialist that practiced in Ottawa, Ontario.
Site Made (Country)
England
Dates
1880
1900
circa 1880 - 1900
Material
wood: brown
Inscriptions
Engraved on ear plate: “JKMD”
Permanent Location
Storage Room 0010
0010-B6-4
Length
b - 17.6
Diameter
a - 6.3 b - 2.3
Unit Of Measure
centimeters
Condition Remarks
Minor wear of stain on bottom of ear plate
Copy Type
original
Reference Types
Internet
Reference Comments
The Monaural Stethoscope. Medical Antiques Online.
Research Facts
The Fergusson model of the monaural stethoscope was designed in England and became the most popular model used in the later half of 19th century medical practice. It was made of straight grained, less dense woods with a small bore central hole such that sounds were readily transmitted. It measured approximately 7 inches in length with a slender stem that had a rounded chest-end bell about 1 inch in diameter that rested comfortably on the patient. The ear plate was approximately 2.5 inches in diameter and fit snugly over the ear in order to prevent dispersion of the transmitted sounds. The Fergusson stethoscopes often had a maker's mark, physician's name or initials, or other identifying characteristic engraved on the ear plate.
The doctor that designed this monaural stethoscope is unknown as there were two British doctors practicing in the 19th century with similar names.
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Munyon's Whooping Cough Cure

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Dates
1890
1910
circa 1890-1910
Collection
Parks Canada Agency Pharmacy Collection
Category
Pharmacy and Drug Artifacts
Classification
Pharmacy, Infectious Diseases
Accession Number
014002092 a-b
Description
Transparent cylindrical glass bottle (a) with metal screw cap (b) and cork closure full of circular white pellets; tan paper label has name, logo and directions for use.
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Accession Number
014002092 a-b
Collection
Parks Canada Agency Pharmacy Collection
Category
Pharmacy and Drug Artifacts
Classification
Pharmacy, Infectious Diseases
MeSH Heading
Drugs, Non-Prescription
Whooping Cough -- drug therapy
Cough -- drug therapy
Antitussive Agents
MM= Drug Packaging -- container -- bottle
Description
Transparent cylindrical glass bottle (a) with metal screw cap (b) and cork closure full of circular white pellets; tan paper label has name, logo and directions for use.
Number Of Parts
1
Provenance
Transferred from the Parks Canada Agency, via Gail Cariou of the Curatorial and Collections Branch.
Maker
James M. Munyon
Site Made (Country)
United States of America
Dates
1890
1910
circa 1890-1910
Date Remarks
Provided by donor
Material
glass: clear
paper: tan
ink: green, red
cork: tan
metal: grey
Inscriptions
Printed on label: "WHOOPING COUGH CURE // MUNYON'S // HOMEOPATHIC // HOME REMEDIES // Directions - Dissolve twenty pellets // in ten tablespoons of water, and // give a teaspoonful every fifteen min- // utes or half hour until relieved, then // every hour."; embossed on cap: "MUNYON'S // HOMEOPATHIC // REMEDIES"
Permanent Location
Storage Room 0010
0010-A4-6 Box 4 Row D
Dimension Notes
Length 6.2 cm x Diam. 1.6 cm
Condition Remarks
Cap with minor dent; part of label has piece of transparent glue adhered to its surface
Copy Type
Original
Reference Types
Internet
JPG
Reference Comments
James M. Munyon http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/James_M._Munyon; CD #6
Research Facts
Dr. James M. Munyon (1848 – 1918) was known for homeopathic patent medicines, some of which he promoted at his Hotel Hygeia on Munyon Island, named Hotel Hygeia after the Greek goddess of health and it catered to wealthy northerners who spent the winters in Palm Beach, Florida. The five-story hotel had twenty-one rooms and eight baths. The hotel burned to the ground in 1917. His first career was as a publisher, but he soon moved on to creating homeopathic medicines in the early 1890s. He employed a staff of chemists and physicians, one of them Dr. Hawley Harvey Crippen. Munyon was found guilty of fraud several times due to unsubstantiated claims for his medicines. Many of his medicines are said to have consisted mostly of sugar and alcohol. His most famous one was named "Dr. Munyon's Paw-Paw Elixir" and its main ingredient was fermented papaya juice. It was served at his resort, Hotel Hygeia, on Munyon Island. At the time his cures were highly regarded with the Philadelphia Times writing that "Professor Munyon is to medicine what Professor Edison is to electricity."
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Dates
1850
1900
circa 1850-1900
Collection
Roeder and Szuck Collection
Category
Home Health Care
Patient Care Artifacts
Pharmacy and Drug Artifacts
Classification
Pharmacy, General
Patient Care
Treatment, General
Accession Number
016001048
Description
Oval white porcelain medicine spoon with decorative handle, flat bottom and curved edges; spoon bowl with plain covered area with small opening at the tip and wider at the handle; small handle with a leaf decoration at its bottom to provide stability so the spoon will stand; edges along spoon cover…
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Accession Number
016001048
Collection
Roeder and Szuck Collection
Category
Home Health Care
Patient Care Artifacts
Pharmacy and Drug Artifacts
Classification
Pharmacy, General
Patient Care
Treatment, General
MeSH Heading
Administration, Oral -- instrumentation
Pharmacy -- instrumentation
MM= Administration Drug, Oral -- medicine spoon
Description
Oval white porcelain medicine spoon with decorative handle, flat bottom and curved edges; spoon bowl with plain covered area with small opening at the tip and wider at the handle; small handle with a leaf decoration at its bottom to provide stability so the spoon will stand; edges along spoon cover, handle, sides, openings are lined with gold strip; bottom is unglazed with handwritten lot number in brown ink.
Number Of Parts
1
Provenance
Collected by Maryanne Szuck and Alice Roeder.
Dates
1850
1900
circa 1850-1900
Date Remarks
Research
Material
ceramic: white
ink: gold, brown
Inscriptions
On bottom: "SC /20"
Permanent Location
Storage Room 0010
0010-A8-3
Length
7.9 cm
Width
3.8 cm
Height
2.8 cm
Unit Of Measure
centimeters
Condition Remarks
Minor crack on sppon cover; gold faded; wear on bottom
Copy Type
original
Reference Types
Documents
Book
eBook
Internet
Reference Comments
Allison, Eileen Michael. Ceramic Invalid Feeders, Pap Boats, and Baby Bottles of the 19th & Twentieth Century. Canada: E.M. Allison, 1997.
Bennion, Elisabeth. Antique Medical Instruments. London: Sotheby Parke Bernet Publications by Philip Wilsons Publications, 1979.
Campbell, Gordon. The Grove Encyclopedia of Decorative Arts. New York, NY: Oxford University Press, 2006. 2006. Accessed August 18, 2016. http://www.oxfordreference.com/view/10.1093/acref/9780195189483.001.0001/acref-9780195189483
Atomic Mail, "Vintage Infant Feeder Dose Spoon Sipping Spoon Porcelain" Item Description http://www.atomicmall.com/view.php?id=Vintage-Infant-Feeder-Dose-Spoon-Sipping-Spoon-Porcelain_143237
Donor file
Research Facts
Collected by Maryanne Szuck and sister Alice Roeder, a retired nurse. The collection consists of various eras and types of invalid / infant feeders, infant milk bottles, medicine spoons, urinals and reference material.
By the early 19th century medicinal spoons were becoming more accurate measuring devices. Normally made out of silver, or pewter these items usually had a cover and long spout for blowing the medicine through at the opposite end for administering medicine to the mentally unstable, elderly and invalids. By the mid 19th century, the design had evolved into small oval spoons, with a partial cover. The delicate handles normally had an elongated portion at the base to stabilize the spoon on flat surface. Initially produced in porcelain, these elaborately decorated spoons were then produced en masse in earthenware ceramic material and transfer pattern prints. This cheaper production cost meant this design was widely accessible and very popular for most social classes.
These were also used to feed infants or as a dose medicine.
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Dates
1850
1900
circa 1850-1900
Collection
Roeder and Szuck Collection
Category
Home Health Care
Patient Care Artifacts
Pharmacy and Drug Artifacts
Classification
Pharmacy, General
Patient Care
Treatment, General
Accession Number
016001049
Description
Oval white porcelain medicine spoon with decorative handle, flat bottom and curved edges; spoon bowl and under oval edge with cobalt blue ink Delft blue floral pattern known as an onion pattern design; small opening at the tip and wider at the handle; small handle with a leaf decoration at its bott…
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Accession Number
016001049
Collection
Roeder and Szuck Collection
Category
Home Health Care
Patient Care Artifacts
Pharmacy and Drug Artifacts
Classification
Pharmacy, General
Patient Care
Treatment, General
MeSH Heading
Administration, Oral -- instrumentation
Pharmacy -- instrumentation
MM= Administration Drug, Oral -- medicine spoon
Description
Oval white porcelain medicine spoon with decorative handle, flat bottom and curved edges; spoon bowl and under oval edge with cobalt blue ink Delft blue floral pattern known as an onion pattern design; small opening at the tip and wider at the handle; small handle with a leaf decoration at its bottom to provide stability so the spoon will stand; spoon cover, handle and top side edges are decorated with blue ink; perimeter, handle and leaf edges lined with gold strip; bottom in unglazed.
Number Of Parts
1
Provenance
Collected by Maryanne Szuck and Alice Roeder.
Dates
1850
1900
circa 1850-1900
Date Remarks
Research
Material
ceramic: white
ink: blue
Permanent Location
Storage Room 0010
0010-D1
Length
7.1 cm
Width
3.1 cm
Height
2.7 cm
Unit Of Measure
centimeters
Condition Remarks
2016: Handle repaired with glue in two spots, now discoloured, minor piece missing on handle by base where it was reattached
Copy Type
original
Reference Types
Documents
Book
eBook
Internet
Reference Comments
Allison, Eileen Michael. Ceramic Invalid Feeders, Pap Boats, and Baby Bottles of the 19th & Twentieth Century. Canada: E.M. Allison, 1997.
Bennion, Elisabeth. Antique Medical Instruments. London: Sotheby Parke Bernet Publications by Philip Wilsons Publications, 1979.
Campbell, Gordon. The Grove Encyclopedia of Decorative Arts. New York, NY: Oxford University Press, 2006. 2006. Accessed August 18, 2016. http://www.oxfordreference.com/view/10.1093/acref/9780195189483.001.0001/acref-9780195189483
Patelisova, Helena. "The Layers of a Blue Onion." 3NTA. April 25, 2015. Accessed August 19, 2016. http://www.3nta.com/the-layers-of-a-blue-onion/.
Donor file
Research Facts
Collected by Maryanne Szuck and sister Alice Roeder, a retired nurse. The collection consists of various eras and types of invalid / infant feeders, infant milk bottles, medicine spoons, urinals and reference material.
By the early 19th century medicinal spoons were becoming more accurate measuring devices. Normally made out of silver, or pewter these items usually had a cover and long spout for blowing the medicine through at the opposite end for administering medicine to the mentally unstable, elderly and invalids. By the mid 19th century, the design had evolved into small oval spoons, with a partial cover. Initially produced in porcelain, these elaborately decorated spoons were then produced en masse in earthenware ceramic material and transfer pattern prints. This cheaper production cost meant this design was widely accessible and very popular for most social classes.
The design, like other medical ceramic ware, was decorated in the popular Blue Onion or Strawflower designs in cobalt ink. These designs were so popular on all types ceramic and porcelain ware, that manufacturers produced transfer pattern outlines to reduce production time.
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Dates
1850
1900
circa 1850-1900
Collection
Roeder and Szuck Collection
Category
Home Health Care
Patient Care Artifacts
Pharmacy and Drug Artifacts
Classification
Pharmacy, General
Patient Care
Treatment, General
Accession Number
016001050
Description
Oval white porcelain medicine spoon with decorative handle, flat bottom and curved edges; spoon bowl with decorated covered area with small opening at the tip and wider at the handle; small handle with a leaf decoration at its bottom to provide stability so the spoon will stand; handle has been pai…
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Accession Number
016001050
Collection
Roeder and Szuck Collection
Category
Home Health Care
Patient Care Artifacts
Pharmacy and Drug Artifacts
Classification
Pharmacy, General
Patient Care
Treatment, General
MeSH Heading
Administration, Oral -- instrumentation
Pharmacy -- instrumentation
MM= Administration Drug, Oral -- medicine spoon
Description
Oval white porcelain medicine spoon with decorative handle, flat bottom and curved edges; spoon bowl with decorated covered area with small opening at the tip and wider at the handle; small handle with a leaf decoration at its bottom to provide stability so the spoon will stand; handle has been painted pale blue; spoon cover is decorated with orange flower design, consisting of two orange flowers, three leaves, and green decorative lines; perimeter, small opening at tip, and wider opening at the handle are lined with gold strip; bottom in unglazed.
Number Of Parts
1
Provenance
Collected by Maryanne Szuck and Alice Roeder.
Dates
1850
1900
circa 1850-1900
Date Remarks
Research
Material
ceramic: white, blue
ink: green, orange, brown, yellow
Permanent Location
Storage Room 0010
0010-D1
Length
8.7 cm
Width
4.0 cm
Height
3.0 cm
Unit Of Measure
centimeters
Condition Remarks
Shows wear on bottom
Copy Type
original
Reference Types
Documents
Book
eBook
Internet
Reference Comments
Allison, Eileen Michael. Ceramic Invalid Feeders, Pap Boats, and Baby Bottles of the 19th & Twentieth Century. Canada: E.M. Allison, 1997.
Bennion, Elisabeth. Antique Medical Instruments. London: Sotheby Parke Bernet Publications by Philip Wilsons Publications, 1979.
Campbell, Gordon. The Grove Encyclopedia of Decorative Arts. New York, NY: Oxford University Press, 2006. 2006. Accessed August 18, 2016. http://www.oxfordreference.com/view/10.1093/acref/9780195189483.001.0001/acref-9780195189483
Atomic Mail, "Vintage Infant Feeder Dose Spoon Sipping Spoon Porcelain" Item Description http://www.atomicmall.com/view.php?id=Vintage-Infant-Feeder-Dose-Spoon-Sipping-Spoon-Porcelain_143237
Donor file
Research Facts
Collected by Maryanne Szuck and sister Alice Roeder, a retired nurse. The collection consists of various eras and types of invalid / infant feeders, infant milk bottles, medicine spoons, urinals and reference material.
By the early 19th century medicinal spoons were becoming more accurate measuring devices. Normally made out of silver, or pewter these items usually had a cover and long spout for blowing the medicine through at the opposite end for administering medicine to the mentally unstable, elderly and invalids. By the mid 19th century, the design had evolved into small oval spoons, with a partial cover. The delicate handles normally had an elongated portion at the base to stabilize the spoon on flat surface. Initially produced in porcelain, these elaborately decorated spoons were then produced en masse in earthenware ceramic material and transfer pattern prints. This cheaper production cost meant this design was widely accessible and very popular for most social classes.
These were also used to feed infants or dose medicine.
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