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    Complete 1600's silver washed Trifid spoon!

    Hi everyone,

    Got out with Dave Wise (Heavymetalnut) this past Sunday. It was a beautiful day to be out in the woods. Finds were very scarce but I pulled up my very first complete, silver washed, Trifid spoon from the 1600's. It also has a touch mark from a spoonmaker of, possibly, three spoons pointing up and down on the bowl. The spoon was 10" down under a rock on the lip of an early cellar hole. I couldn't get the rock out so I had to dig under to get the spoon. It was quite a shock when I pulled the whole spoon out.Name:  46961841_10212936458469812_955656435545407488_n.jpg
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    Last edited by Donnie B; 11-30-2018 at 07:35 AM.
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    Amazing relic, the craftsmanship back then is beautiful ,love the deep bowl! Looks like it got a lot of use and the person was obviously right handed congrats on a Museum quality piece.

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    Looks very sturdy! Is the bowl worn into that shape or is that how it was made? Beautiful spoon. Congrats and HH, Dave.
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    Sounds like you had to really work for this piece of history. Great that it was in one piece. Is it unusual to find them whole like that?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Oneil1979 View Post
    Amazing relic, the craftsmanship back then is beautiful ,love the deep bowl! Looks like it got a lot of use and the person was obviously right handed congrats on a Museum quality piece.
    Thank you. I also noticed the wear pattern indicated right hand usage.

    Quote Originally Posted by DaddyDigger View Post
    Looks very sturdy! Is the bowl worn into that shape or is that how it was made? Beautiful spoon. Congrats and HH, Dave.
    The spoon is very thick and sturdy. The bowl is worn into that shape. I can imagine a Puritan eating his beans (right-handed) with this spoon for decades producing the wear pattern before it was lost.

    Quote Originally Posted by aloldstuff View Post
    Sounds like you had to really work for this piece of history. Great that it was in one piece. Is it unusual to find them whole like that?
    In my experience, yes, it is rare to find the early spoons in one piece. I have an almost complete pewter rat tail spoon but, as you know, pewter usually doesn't hold up well and the spoon is, well, ratty with holes in it. I also have the handle of another Trifid spoon that I dug last year. I did have to put in some work on this one. The only thing I could see protruding from under the rock was the edge of the bowl.
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    That's early! Nice
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    Great early find Donnie! To get one whole like that is fantastic.

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    Awesome find!
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