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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09 December 2013
A digital app revised from the best-selling ‘Jackson’s Silver & Gold Marks of England, Scotland and Ireland is now available to download.
10 June 2013
The Benson collection of early spoons was dispersed at Christie’s King Street last week. The highest selling lot was a Henry VI spoon with a Wodewose or wild man finial (one of only four known) which was secured by a UK private buyer on the phone for £70,000.
04 November 2013
Size, quality, condition and subject matter are the ingredients by which Berlin porcelain plaques are judged.
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.
25 September 2013
This James II or William and Mary silver-gilt travelling set c.1690 was among the exceptional pieces of English silver sold at the latest sale held by Mellors & Kirk of Nottingham.
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.