Museum Quality American Colonial
Late 17th or Very Early 18th Century
* RARE STUFFING SPOON
Circa 1680 -
Colonial Period America Forged Iron
Stuffing Spoon - Found locally in Lancaster County
An extraordinary item and a
truly rare find.
This is a hand-forged blacksmith made
stuffing spoon dating back to the late 1600's or very early 1700's. Most
likely a wedding gift to a bride. In it's day it was certainly an expensive
item to have commissioned a blacksmith to
This beautiful large spoon
shows exceptional workmanship by a talented blacksmith.
It was created from just one single
piece of iron, hammered and shaped at the
The overall size of the spoon is 17-3/4"
The bowl of the spoon is oval and measures
4-1/2" long x 3" across and 1/2" deep. The hand hammering can clearly
be seen on the front and back of the bowl. The edges are smooth and
worn and there are no breaks or snags to the metal.
The handle was shaped carefully and
tooled into this exquisite elaborate design.
Stuffing Spoons were used just as expected
to scoop out the stuffing from a turkey and to serve food from large pots.
The blacksmith that made this spoon gave some serious thought to it's intended
use. The iron was hammered out and doubled over onto the back of the
spoon affording greater stability and strength to the spoon. And
consequently the spoon has survived in excellent condition.
The handle is well balanced, your thumb
rests naturally on the first wide section nearest the bowl and your fingers
curl comfortably around the wider tooled decoration further up the handle.
The handle tapers from a width of 1" to just 3/8" where it ends in
a fine shepherds crook turning.
Not only was it made beautifully but
thoughtfully for practical use, it has survived 300 years without any breaks
or splits to the metal.
Retains a fabulous old patina,
the spoon shows wonderful evidence of use at the hearth and is still in excellent
Superb ... A
Truly Rare Open Hearth Colonial Cooking
Size: 17-3/4" overall
This has been well cared for in a good
collection of Early American Hearth Cooking
It is in Excellent Condition ... No
weakness to the metal, no breaks or splits.
The iron work shows a fabulous patina
of age and use at the hearth
with expected heat pitting.