An early example of a Gibson’s Patent medicine spoon. The Hallmarks gives: CG – Charles Gibson Patent – London 1828 . The spoon has a hollow handle to allow the user to control the quantity of medicine consumed by placing a finger over the aperture. This form of spoon was invented in 1827 and is stamped to the bottom of the bowl “C G”. The interior of the bowl and cover are gilt and bear clear hallmarks on the lid and bottom of the bowl. The flush hinge is in fine condition. Length 13,5 cm
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Van Leest Antiques, based in Utrecht in the Netherlands, specialises in antique scientific and medical instruments. Their collection covers mainly scientific and medical antique instruments: barometers, globes and planataria, nautical instruments, anatomical models, and pharmacy items. Toon Van Leest travels regularly in Europe and visits trade fairs, auctions, and antique dealers to collect stock and to find pieces to fulfil his clients' unusual requests.
As well as being an avid antique collector and dealer, Toon Van Leest is also a dentist. He believes that antiques are a stable investment, not reliant on trends or fashion, and have truly lasting value. Above all, he says, antiques are timeless and never lose their beauty.