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Medieval to modern Cutlery - Knives, forks and spoons




1784 Initialled and decorated silver spoon - maker CH - London

Charles Hougham London




Georgian monogrammed silver spoon - Maker GG

George Grey 1797

1873 Victoria silver spoon with full set of hall marks -London mint - Queens bust duty paid bust

Maker SS - Sarah Snatt

Georgian silver spoon

1802 monogrammed spoon handle - Duty paid George III bust

1807 silver spoon - London mint - George III duty paid bust


1788 silver spoon - London hall mark - Maker SG - Duty paid symbol

Samuel Godbehere & Edward Wigan

(registered Sep 1786)

1790 Silver spoon handle - London min t- George III tax paid bust date letter P

Maker:Sarah & John William Blake


Georgian monogrammed spoon handle


1796 decorated and initialed 'EL'spoon handle - Maker TW

Thomas Wallis II
(registered Jan 1780)


Georgian initialled spoon handles



1805 George III duty paid mark bust silver spoon handle

Maker RC

Richard Crossley London

(registered Apr 1782; further marks registered up to 1812)


1801 silver spoon - London 1795 Duty paid mark

Maker William Edwards


1902 silver spoon - London



1768-1769 Georgian solid silver spoon - initialed MW

Maker PR - Philip Roker III - London


1784 Initialled and decorated silver spoon - maker CH - London

Charles Hougham London

1824 London hall marked silver spoon handle

Maker Thomas Sones (registered Feb 1774)

1809 George III silver spoon , duty paid mark, London date letter

Maker PP

London hallmark 1937 silver spoon

Silver spoon handle hallmarked London 1807




Georgian silver handle - ear wax scraper ?

1864 Victorian silver decorated handle - Birmingham mint



George III silver spoon - Chester 1812

Monogrammed old Sheffield plate spoon handle - maker WH&S - Hutton W 1849

Silver spoon handle hallmarked London 1807


1937 London silver spoon handle

1801 London silver spoon handle

1837 London silver spoon handle



1811 silver spoon handle



15thC knop ended silver spoon - declared treasure by disclaimed and returned to finder

18thC Decorated silver spoon bowl inscribed - In Rememberance of Eliz Reitzel

9th Regiment of foot silver spoon ?


15thC knop ended silver spoon - declared treasure by disclaimed and returned to finder


15thC knop ended silver spoon - declared treasure by disclaimed and returned to finder

Medieval spoon handle

Apostle spoon handles

Spoons formerly given at christenings; so called because one of the apostles figured at the top of the handle. Sometimes twelve spoons, representing the twelve apostles; sometimes four, representing the four evangelists; and sometimes only one, was presented.

Originating in early-fifteenth century in Europe as spoons used at table (often produced in sets of thirteen, the thirteenth, showing Jesus, usually being referred to as the 'Saviour' or 'Master' spoon). The British Museum in London has a set from England dating from 1536–7 which has a figure of the Virgin Mary on the thirteenth spoon.[3] By the sixteenth century they had become popular as baptismal presents for godchildren, but were dying out by the 1660s.[4] In some communities this tradition continued until at least the mid-twentieth century.

Medieval enamelled spoon handle
Georgian decorated cutlery handle


'Eating implements, until the end of the 17th century, consisted of a knife and a spoon only: the fork, despite being in use in some Continental countries and not unknown in Britain, was not yet in general use. Furthermore, one’s knife and spoon were personal possessions, in the sense that one carried them and used them when dining at other houses, as they were not supplied at table by the host. It follows that the material from which one’s spoon was made would be an indicator of one’s social and financial status.'



Brass seal top spoon

Stuart, around 1650

A brass spoon with a seal top end and fleur de lys stamped on the bowl.

In the 17th century people carried their own personal eating utensils as well as writing instruments. Most letters and documents at the time were sealed with wax,
and so spoons were often manufactured with the owner's seal on the end of the handle.


PAS lists these spoon handles as EARLY POST MEDIEVAL (Certain), Circa 1500 AD - Circa 1599 AD

The designs of the silver examples I found indicate a date range from Elizabeth 1st to Charles 1st


James 1st seal top spoon