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This all original pewter medicine spoon is marked JAMES DIXON & SON (1823 – 1835 ) and remains in pleasing all original condition with that deep patina that comes to pewter after decades of use and handling. Invented by C. Gibson and sometimes referred to as the Gibson medicine spoon the device was manufactured by one maker or another through the first half of the 19th century with the design clearly seeing use through the Civil War. An 1842 reference we found describes the Gibson medical spoon as a convenient instrument for administering fluid medicine to children or to patients in recumbent position &c. The bowl is longer and deeper than that of the common spoon and is completely covered excepting a small aperture at the end. The handle is short and consists of a tube opening at one end into the bowl and capable of being closed at the opposite end by application of the thumb. The medicine is poured in at an opening in the lid which is then closed with a tightly fitting cover &c. One of the advantages of the spoon is that by positioning it at the back of the throat before lifting the thumb to allow the medicine to flow from the spoon it may be swallowed with very little annoyance from disagreeable taste. A scarce medical item suitable for display in any earlier 1800s through Civil War era medical grouping. Buy with confidence! We are pleased to offer a no questions asked three day inspection with return as purchased on direct sales! Just send us a courtesy e-mail to let us know your item will be returned per these provisions and your purchase price will be refunded accordingly. Thanks for visiting Gunsight Antiques!

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