apple scoop

Apple scoop or corer, sheep shank bone with initials carved on the front and a pattern carved into the back.

This object may date to the early 18th century. Made of bone with designs carved in them, such objects were reportedly given as love tokens. Their principal purpose was probably to cut the core out of apples, but some people may have used them to ‘scoop’ other foods, or to sample softer cheeses.

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