Spanish Colonial Silver Rat- Tailed Spoon Old

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Directory: Antiques: Decorative Art: Metals: Silver: Pre 1800: Item # 57154
Forteleza Antiques Inc.
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103 Calle San Jose
San Juan, Puerto Rico 00901

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Spanish colonial rat-tailed spoon--11 inches long and 1.75 inches wide--some say the spoon was used to stir soup or stew and spear meat in the pot--other believe that the spoon was used by the senoritas and senoras as a decorative hair piece used also as sharp weapon to protect themselves from unwanted advances-in either instance it is a functional piece--condition is good-one small rip in the spoon portion -over 200 yrs old