A George IV Crumb Scoop By William and Patrick Cunningham, Edinburgh 1823,
Lot 93
A George IV Crumb Scoop By William and Patrick Cunningham, Edinburgh 1823,
Sold for £587 (US$ 987) inc. premium
Auction Details
The Scottish Sale Edinburgh
23 Aug 2006 11:00 BST

Auction 13978
Lot Details
A George IV Crumb Scoop
By William and Patrick Cunningham, Edinburgh 1823, The crescent-shaped blade with applied reinforcing rib, engraved with the crest and coronet of Gordon, Earl of Aberdeen (created 1682) with baluster turned ebony handle 27.5cm long

Footnotes

  • The true purpose of these implements has been dogged by controversy for decades. Some claim that these scoops, which seem to be an exclusively Scottish phenomenon, were used for skimming cream from milk. This apparently does not work. The true purpose was to scrape crumbs from a dining room tablecloth.
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