SPOONS FOR SPECIFIC PURPOSES

The different uses to which spoons are attributed tell of the change in customs and habits. In olden time the Romans possessed spoons for curious purposes ; one of them was a small spoon with which to extract the edible snail from its shell, this snail being regarded as a luxury by the early Romans. The Romans had egg spoons too, fashioned to serve the purpose of an egg cup. In Georgian days there were several innovations, such as the curious spoons for extracting marrow from the bone-a double ended spoon with a handle in the middle. The advent of the tea caddy and perhaps the cost of tea in early days of tea making gave rise to a new spoon-one which was obviously well suited to ornamentation. Of these little spoons there are many varieties, one of the most charming and delightful collections being that in the Victoria and Albert Museum, given to the nation by the late Mr. FitzHenry. The cost of these little spoons has risen considerably of late years, so that although their collection could once have been recommended to those having only a few shillings at a time to spend upon their favourite hobby, their average value must now be reckoned at about a pound each.