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.
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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08 April 2013
Promising to rank among the auction highlights of the summer, Christie’s are to sell the fabled Benson collection of early spoons on June 4.
17 December 2011
ONLY two Scottish 17th century lace-back spoons are recorded by the National Museum of Scotland so this example offered by Dreweatts at Donnington Priory was quite a rarity.
27 March 2013
Silver smallwork is a designated area of the silver market in its own right but even this particular sector has its own sub-divisions.
29 November 2011
It may look like a textbook early 19th century silver teaset, but this unprepossessing three-piece service seen at Tennants of Leyburn, North Yorkshire on November 17-19 carried marks later identified as those of the early Australian silversmith Alexander Dick (c.1791-1843).
28 August 2012
This rare Charles I spoon topped the latest sale of Scottish silver held by Edinburgh auctioneers Lyon & Turnbull, selling for £22,000.
21 November 2011
RAMRAIDERS have smashed their way into the Court Barn Museum, home to the Guild of Handicrafts collection, and stolen unique pieces of silver.