spoon

Liberty & Co



spoon

Liberty & Co

Summary

Silver spoon with a straight handle and rounded bowl, boldly engraved cast and engraved in an art nouveau manner as a Coronation commemorative souvenir.

Display Label

Gallery text panel Spoonline Spoons are more than just tools for eating. As tables were not set with cutlery until the 1600s, individuals had to carry a spoon from meal to meal. The silver spoon became a status symbol, and was often a person's only valuable possession, to be passed down from generation to generation. Babies 'born with silver spoons in their mouths' were thought to have a privileged start in life. A Christian godfather would give his godson a spoon bearing the apostle after whom the child was named and so a spoon became a traditional christening gift. As new foods and drinks were introduced from 1650, social etiquette developed around the spoon, with different sizes and types for different foods. Middle class Victorians never used a teaspoon for jam, a jam spoon for tea or a dessert spoon for soup. What would you use each of these spoons for?


Object Name

spoon

Creators Name

Liberty & Co

Date Created

1901-1902

Dimensions

length: 16.3cm x 5.2cm
bowl: 5.2cm

accession number

1983.39

Place of creation

Birmingham

Medium

silver

Credit

Gift of The Friends of Manchester City Galleries


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