The marrow spoon or scoop is a utensil that was used to remove marrow from the bone. During the reign of Queen Anne, marrow was considered quite the delicacy. Therefore, it is in this time that the marrow scoop was at its most popular. At this time, meat was a luxury that only the affluent in society could afford, especially on a regular basis.
During the 1600s, etiquette at dinner parties was becoming more prominent. Forks began to appear on the dining table to aid people when eating – allowing for a less hands-on approach when eating. However, the fork could only do so much. Most importantly, it wasn’t able to take the savoury jelly out of the marrowbones. It was in the 1680s when this problem was remedied with the marrow spoon.
The marrow spoon had a rounded spoon at one end and then a narrow scoop at the other end. Soon, the marrow spoon evolved into the marrow scoop; meaning that the spoon gradually became an elongated scoop, which typically had a narrower scoop at the other end.
The marrow scoop came into its own in the 18th century, when more and more tableware were produced to match the upper class’ appetite for elaborate dishes.
Today, marrow spoons, and marrow scoops can be found in large antique and vintage canteens of cutlery; and are also sold as individual pieces.