Spoons were popular with the Romans, but faded from the English scene after they went home. Eating probably became a rather sloppy affair, the main utensil being a dagger. However, they could still be found in religious ceremonies, and so didn't vanish altogether. They became popular once again in the 1500s, and soon became an important status symbol - so much so that if you were invited to dinner, you were expected to bring your own.



Spoons are not common finds; parts of spoons, are. One tap with a plough, and they're history.

Starting from the left:

1) A stamped silver spoon handle, possibly a Victorian 'caddy' spoon.
2) The handle of a 'seal top' spoon, dating from the early-mid 1500s.
3) An extremely rare and complete 'seal top' spoon, also dating from the early-mid 1500s. To hear how this was found, see Stupid Brothers 4.
4 & 5) Two 'treffid' spoon handles, dating from sometime between 1650 and 1730(-ish).
6) A complete, but completely rumpled, silver teaspoon in the 'Old English' style. It is hallmarked with a maker's mark and a lion, but no place or date marks.

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