English Sterling Silver Teaspoons
English Sterling Silver Teaspoons English Sterling Silver Teaspoons English Sterling Silver Teaspoons English Sterling Silver Teaspoons English Sterling Silver Teaspoons English Sterling Silver Teaspoons English Sterling Silver Teaspoons English Sterling Silver Teaspoons English Sterling Silver Teaspoons English Sterling Silver Teaspoons

English Sterling Silver Teaspoons, Set of 6, YORK 1839, James Barber & William North

£295.00

Set of 6 antique English sterling silver teaspoons by James Barber & William North, hallmarked from York in 1839.

Each terminal engraved with the letter G.

The odd very minor dink to a bowl but overall a good clean set in good order.

Each measures 140mm in length.

Available!

Make an offer.

Make An Offer...

x

Use this form to make an offer to buy this item, please make sure you fill out all of the fields to ensure your offer is created successfully.


Billing Info

Error

There was an error

Success! your offer has been submitted. If successful you will receive an e-mail shortly with instructions on how to buy.

Close

Description

English Sterling Silver Teaspoons

Set of 6 antique English sterling silver teaspoons by James Barber & William North, hallmarked from York in 1839.

Each terminal engraved with the letter G.

The odd very minor dink to a bowl but overall a good clean set in good order.

Each measures 140mm in length.

DATE1839
MAKER or SPONSOR MARKJames Barber & William North
ASSAY OFFICEYork
WEIGHT (Grammes)98
WEIGHT (Troy)3.15
REF:-289D

According to legend, tea was discovered by a Chinese emperor around 2300 BC. Initially used for medicinal purposes, the more well-to-do members of Chinese society began drinking it on social occasions.

In the 17th Century, tea was traded with the west by China and subsequently Great Britain got a taste for it!

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

George VI 1937-1952

Sponsor/Maker

James Barber & William North

REF CODE

289D

This website uses cookies to ensure you get the best experience on our website. More Info