Antique Porcelain Cod Liver Oil Medicine Spoon.; British Craftsman; Early 1900s;...


Dr. Jack Fincham


Antique Porcelain Cod Liver Oil Medicine Spoon.

About this object

A ceramic porcelain Cod Liver Oil Spoon provided by Scottish Chemist, R. Thomson in the early 20th Century. R. Thomson was no doubt a prominent chemist in Elgin, in the Moray region of Scotland. Mr. Thomson was noted in the journal: Chemist and Druggist: The Newsweekly for Pharmacy, Volume 73 on page 374 in the 9/5/1908 edition.

Mr. Thomson also was author of a self published booklet: “European Wireless Stations” published in 1928. A booklet listing wavelengths in Europe also contained many references to cold cream, cod liver oil etc.

Cod liver oil has been taken for centuries as a potential help to ease aches, pains, and arthritis type symptoms. This was a very popular remedy used in the last 19th and early 20th centuries in the UK.

Porcelain Medicine Spoons were very popular in the mid 18th Century to 20th Century in Europe and in Great Britain.


British Craftsman

Maker Role

British Porcelain Manufacturer

Date Made

Early 1900s

Place Made

Great Britain

Medium and Materials

Fine Porcelain

Inscription and Marks

The base well of the spoon provides measurement lines for one teaspoon (5 ml) & one dessert spoon (10ml) to ease proper measurement of cod liver oil to consume.

Object Type

Antique Medicine Spoon

Object number

Fincham Collection 238

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