Norwegian Antique Silver Spoon
In good order and measures 184mm in length.
|MAKER or SPONSOR MARK||Johan Martin Heinrich Rohlff (probably)|
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.