Silver spoons for the dining table have been around since
antiquity - a much longer history than the table fork, which did
not come into general use until the 18th century.
By this time spoons had evolved from personal, portable eating
implements into something to serve all sorts of specific functions:
basting meat, measuring out tea or condiments, extracting marrow
from bones or skimming debris off liquids. These many variations
and styles, together with their long history, have created a rich
In England the introduction of hallmarks as a form of quality
control in the 14th century has the added bonus that a
piece of silver can be dated with accuracy.
Written by Anne
From the ATG Archive
27 December 2008
BONHAMS’ latest silver auction was another sale of two parts. Around a third of it was devoted entirely to one specialist collecting field, early spoons, the bulk from one vendor, Mr Britton Smith.
07 February 2009
WOOLLEY and Wallis silver specialist Alex Butcher is well known for his expertise in the spoon world, but his most recent offering at the Salisbury saleroom took the specialisation a step further.
04 September 2004
WHEN John Norie (d.2003) began his collection back in the 1950s, caddy spoons were not every collector’s cup of tea.
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27 June 2014
Seventeenth century Dublin trefid spoons are extremely scarce. Last year a single rat-tailed example by Andrew Gregory, 1685, sold for €9000 at Adams of Dublin.
02 April 2014
New York has hosted three key events in the modern commercial history of the Martin Brothers.
28 April 2014
A massive cache of British Arts and Crafts metalware and ceramics stored in a bank for over 25 years will be sold by Bonhams through their forthcoming decorative arts auctions.
25 February 2014
ATG’s 10 Questions with Jason Clarke, Period furniture and antiques dealer, Newbury, Berkshire.
04 April 2014
€15m deal sets seal on more than three decades of dispute
13 February 2014
ATG’s 10 Questions with Sarah Seccombe of Blighty Antiques and Interiors, Cheltenham, Gloucestershire.