Silver spoons have been used since ancient times and have a much longer history than the table fork, which did not come into general use until the 18th century. In England the introduction of hallmarks in the 14th century means a piece of silver can be dated and its locations identified.

The main variation to spoons often comes in the form of the stem, or more specifically the terminal. Henry VIII apostle spoons are highly rare and hugely sought after, while examples by makers such as Omar Ramsden, Sybil Dunlop or George Jensen carry a premium. Scottish and Irish silver spoons remain important sectors of this market.

Read ATG's detailed guide to silver spoons here

A small scoop that adds to the overall picture

04 March 2002

The Caddy Spoon in the 20th Century, published by the Society of Caddy Spoon Collectors, Upper Nordens Clinic, Royal Oak Lane, High Hurstwood, Uckfield, East Sussex TN22 4AN, price £12.60 including p&p.

Ramsden’s loving spoonful

13 December 2001

THE best seller at Tennants’ sale on November 22-23 in the Yorkshire Dales was consigned by a Yorkshire family with connections to the famous silversmith who made it.

Spoon market needs stirring

16 November 2001

Owners of silver spoons are generally believed to have a head start in life, and the continuing bouyancy of this market might keep a few heads above water in the coming months.

Smith’s name sparks bidding battle over spoon discovery

13 August 2001

Sometimes the most famous names can be found in the unlikeliest places. Biddle & Webb auctioneer Nicholas Davies had been called out to view a Georgian drop leaf table in a local property but noticed this early trefid spoon, pictured, in a small box of cutlery.

Set of 12 Elizabethan lion sejant affronte spoons

31 October 2000

UK: The most comprehensive and perhaps the finest collection of early silver spoons to appear on the market since the 1960s went under the hammer at Woolley and Wallis in Salisbury last Wednesday (October 25).