Sterling Silver Child’s Christening Spoon
This item is a brand new Scottish hallmarked sterling silver child’s christening spoon presented in a good quality case.
Hallmarked from Edinburgh in 2020/21 with the maker’s mark being that of Dart Silver Ltd. with a cute teddy bear on the terminal. The spoon measures 115 mm in length.
|MAKER or SPONSOR MARK
|Dart Silver Ltd
The tradition of giving silver spoons to babies at Christenings goes back to the It is thought that the Tudor period began the tradition of giving Christening Spoons (then commonly Apostle Spoons).
This custom is likely to be the origin of the phrase “born with a silver spoon in his mouth”, since only children of wealthy families received spoons of sterling silver.
According to legend a Chinese emperor discovered tea around 2300 BC. Initially used for medicinal purposes, the more well-to-do members of Chinese society began drinking it on social occasions.
17th Century tea was expensive and, as a result, 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.
17th and 18th Century
These spoons became known as ‘teaspoons’ in the 17th and 18th Century and some became ever more decorative.
There are really two types of teaspoon. The first type measured tea into the water. The second type of spoon stirred the cup.
In conclusion, there is a large variety of collectable silver spoons available.