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Caddy Spoons

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  • At Dart Silver Ltd we always have a wide selection of sterling silver caddy spoons in stock.
  • Examples from England, Scotland and further afield dating from the Georgian and Victorian period as well as the 20th century.
  • Always very popular with seasoned collectors as well as the new collector with prices to suit most budgets.

Silver caddy spoons emerged in the late 18th century as a specialized utensil for scooping tea from tea caddies. During this period, tea was an expensive luxury, and the act of serving it involved a certain level of ceremony. Silversmiths began crafting caddy spoons with elaborate designs to complement the elegance of tea service.

In the early days, silversmiths fashioned caddy spoons with short handles and wide, shallow bowls. These spoons often featured intricate decorations, including engraved patterns, pierced work, and repoussé designs, showcasing the artisan’s skill. The wealthy tea drinkers of the time eagerly collected these exquisite pieces, which quickly became symbols of status and refinement.

By the 19th century, the popularity of tea had surged, and the design of caddy spoons evolved. Silversmiths started experimenting with different shapes and motifs, ranging from naturalistic forms, like leaves and shells, to more whimsical designs, such as animals and fruit. The Industrial Revolution played a significant role in this evolution, as advances in manufacturing allowed for more varied and intricate designs.

Throughout the Victorian era, caddy spoons remained highly sought after. Manufacturers produced them in a range of styles, often reflecting the prevailing artistic trends of the time, such as Gothic Revival, Rococo, and Art Nouveau. Collectors prized these spoons not only for their functionality but also for their aesthetic appeal.

As the 20th century progressed, the use of silver caddy spoons began to decline. Changes in tea packaging and serving methods reduced the need for specialized utensils. However, antique collectors and enthusiasts continued to appreciate the craftsmanship and historical significance of these spoons. Today, silver caddy spoons are cherished as decorative objects and are often found in collections of antique silverware, serving as a testament to the elegance and artistry of a bygone era.

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