Horn spoon. Handle has silver heart shaped mount engraved "WS". Identified by the donor, Mrs Margaret Beaton, as Scottish in origin. The spoon was transferred to Museum Victoria from the National Gallery of Victoria in 1940, and is likely to have already been rare and old at that time. It is likely to date to the 19th century.

A horn spoon dating to 1877 held by the Highland Folk Museum, Scotland, may shed light on this Scottish horn spoon and other Scottish horn cutlery held by Museum Victoria. It 'represents the importance of the contribution of the 'travelling people' to the everyday life of Highland rural communities. They used the resources of the environment around them to create all sorts of domestic and working goods such as horn spoons, heather mats, pot scrubbers, woven creels etc. As well as working on the land, the travellers also excelled in metalwork from tinsmithing to the re-working of silver and gold.'

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Handle has silver heart shaped mount engraved 'WS'.

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