We decided to let our resident pedant loose on this one:
“of course the word scutella is a diminutive of scultra which
is Latin for shallow pan and – from this we get the word scuttle which is a a deep bucket for carrying coal. And then of course there is the
nautical meaning – a scuttle on a ship is an opening with a lid either on the
ship’s deck or in its side. However if it is verbs you are after - to scuttle
your ship you deliberately hole it or open its seacocks to let water in … and
then there is also what a mouse does across the kitchen floor……..”
(Editor: That’s quite enough pedantry thank you)
This thing is made of electroplated Britannia metal (the heavy
stuff that Oscars are made of – but those are gold plated of course). Our scuttle was once silver plated but it has
largely worn off.
Still it is a a charming thing and it looked great filled
with chocolate buttons, however sadly we ate them before the camera person
The scoop is intact and fits neatly into the back handle….
This should at least postpone its loss.
About 7 inches long
Almost certainly Edwardian – possibly Victorian… we can’t
read the marks as we have mislaid our book
Well loved and rubbed.