Antique Sterling Silver Spoon
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Antique Sterling Silver Spoon, James Dixon & Son, Sheffield 1862

English antique sterling silver spoon by James Dixon & Son, hallmarked from Sheffield in 1862.

In good order and measures 159mm in length, the bowl measures 38mm across the widest point.

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Antique Sterling Silver Spoon

English antique sterling silver spoon by James Dixon & Son, hallmarked from Sheffield in 1862.

In good order and measures 159mm in length, the bowl measures 38mm across the widest point.

DATE1862
MAKER or SPONSOR MARKJames Dixon & Son
ASSAY OFFICESheffield
WEIGHT (Grammes)35
WEIGHT (Troy)1.12
REF:-517J

17th Century tea was expensive and, as a result, it was largely drunk by the aristocracy and upper classes. Therefore, it was used sparingly and a smaller than usual drinking vessel known as a ‘teacup’ was used for the drink.

Consequently, teaspoons developed to ensure the accurate and careful distribution of the leaves into the boiling water to make the drink.

Initially a teaspoon measured 1 fluid dram or one quarter of a tablespoon. Subsequently they have gradually increased in size. Today’s teaspoon for example measures one third of a tablespoon.

It was in the 17th and 18th Century that these spoons became known as ‘teaspoons’ and some became ever more decorative.

It should be remembered that there are really two types of teaspoon. Firstly, one measured the tea into the water. Secondly one is used to stir the cup once the tea is poured.

Modern teaspoons for everyday use are often made from stainless steel or are silver plated, but there are a large variety of collectable silver spoons available.

Additional information

Origin

English

Period

Victoria 1837-1901

Sponsor/Maker

James Dixon & Sons

REF CODE

517J

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