Category: Health Aids
Estimated Date: 1850
Name: Gibson Spoon
Manufacturer: Maw,

Description: 5.2“x1” pewter spoon. The tubular handle is hollow and there is a lid on the enclosed spoon part to lift up. There are tooth marks on the spoon from its use. This is the classic Gibson configuration.The ones with tooth marks are prized by collectors. The medication was placed in the spoon by lifting the lid and holding a finger over the tube to prevent air entering. It was then placed in the mouth, forcibly if necessary, and when the finger was removed the medication flowed into the mouth. It was used both for seriously ill and for mentally deranged patients who could or would not take their medication through normal means.

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