Chapter 17. SPOONS

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SPOONS OF ANTIQUITY
SPOONS KNOWN BY THEIR HANDLES
MAIDENHEAD, SEAL-TOPS AND OTHER SPOONS
SPOONS FOR SPECIFIC PURPOSES
LADLES

Spoons of antiquity-Spoons known by their handles-Maidenhead, Seal-top, and others-Restoration and Georgian Spoons-Spoons for specific purposes-Ladles.

IN an article published many years ago the writer of " A Tale of Spoons" introduced the subject to the trade as follows : " It is evident that spoons were unknown to early man, but a Scotchman has remarked that they were quickly discovered when the first bowl of broth was cooked. At the epoch of hot broth in the evolution of man a spoon was found to be indispensable. As the ladle to the pot so is the spoon to the bowl. Savages used spoons of wood, but even before the formation of a bowl Nature provided scallop-shells for the savage whose caldron smoked by the sea shore, and those who dwelt in the forest glade found spoons at hand."