This is a very large spoon featuring a platypus
I have included a ruler and a tea sized spoon in the picture to help
you visualize size.
This spoon is made of hand hammered aluminum
Aluminum was more expensive than either gold or silver until about 1850
and jewelry and other objects were made from this precious metal until
An inexpensive smelting process was discover and huge amounts of
aluminum were refined from bauxite.
By 1910, cheap aluminum objects were readily available in stores.
A few of these hand hammered aluminum 'arts and crafts' style objects
still exist and there are specialized collectors for them.
In any case, platypus' are very rare in the artistic fields.
The back of this spoon is marked with a "maker mark, Australia"
I do not recognize this maker mark. If you have any information, please contact me.
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