A small Lead (Pb) spoon

Discussion in 'Metalware' started by Coldblooded36, Feb 23, 2021 at 7:41 PM.

  1. Coldblooded36

    Coldblooded36 Member

    On the topic of small spoons- I found this a few weeks ago at a Salvation army. It's Lead, like the metal which causes poisoning, so certainly was made some time ago. There are no marks whatsoever, but any details on age or period when the production of little lead spoons was a thing is appreciated.

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  2. Bakersgma

    Bakersgma Well-Known Member

    Is it 100% lead? Or an alloy with other metals?

    Pewter utensils used to be very common (typical household could not afford silver ones.) and pewter used to contain a substantial percentage of lead in the alloy. I would estimate that pewter utensils would have been common in the late 1700's into the first half of the 1800's when"german silver" became more available and closer to 1850 when silverplating became more economical and more widely available.
     
  3. Coldblooded36

    Coldblooded36 Member

    I can't imagine there's any Tin in it- its so soft I could twist it into a knot-
     
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