Scottish Provincial Silver Teaspoon
The marks on this example are E, Hand with Dagger.
Good condition but a few light creases to bowl, not drastic but never the less it has to be mentioned.
Measures 133mm in length.
|MAKER or SPONSOR MARK||James Erskine|
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.