Animal horn provided a thin, smooth, durable material for spoons that also allowed for ornamentation. Horn spoons were highly prized and would have been an improvement for the immigrants from the rather thick and clumsy wooden spoons either brought from Sweden or carved here in America as the first eating utensils. Swedish peasant families of the early Immigrant era would have a spoon for each person in the family and would take spoons with them to social gatherings as no one would have the resources to provide extra spoons for guests.
Donated in 1994 by Ulla Reeves from her family.
Photo by:Carol Seefeldt Photography