Monday, 24 August 2009

Some spoons

Having sorted thought the jewellery I undertook to show you one or two pieces but before I do I thought I would show you some of the other things I’ve been cataloguing. Today’s little show is family spoons:-

This is my grandmother’s Christening spoon. Her name was Florence Katrine Spencer and she was christened in 1877.

This is my Mum’s Christening spoon. She was christened in 1909.

This is my Christening spoon. I was christened in 1949.

This is a spoon from David’s first Christmas 1986. Sadly. he was not to live long enough to have a Christening spoon.

This is Richard’s christening spoon – a replica of an Edwardian one – from GB. Richard was christened in 1988.

This is a christening spoon given to Richard by his other Godfather, Paul.

This is Uncle Eric's christening spoon. Uncle Eric was Mum's brother and died childless so GB and I inherited his things.

These are just a couple of many spoons and forks that we have which are inscribed HFB being from Nana and Grandpa’s sets – the HFB stands for Henry and Flora Body. We use them on a day to day basis. Apparently Grandpa won a number of sets playing bowls at the Childwall Abbey pub.

This spoon is a cut above the average spoon that you buy in tourist places being heavier and larger. For as long as I can remember it ‘sat’ in one of Mum and Dad’s sugar bowls.

This spoon is from my Great Aunt Maude’s first marriage to Will Noble. Nana’s sister, born Annie Maude Spencer, she married William Thomas Noble in 1897. The spoon is hallmarked London 1896 and inscribed N for Noble.

This was a wedding gift to Mum from – the E representing her new surname – from a girl in the office. There was much of a guessing game about what the gift was to be and one of the clues was that the gift ‘sat’. It turned out that it ‘sat’ in a sugar bowl, being a sugar spoon.

Caddy spoon used on a day to day basis by Mum until tea bags became the norm. It is of foreign silver.

This spoon belonged to my Great Great Great Grandmother who was born Ann Gomm Young (1819-1916). Note the number 4 beneath the initials AGY suggesting it was one of a set of six and it was obviously a gift prior to 1822 when she married James Spencer and therefore changed her initials.

And a caddy spoon which is hallmarked 1810/1 – late George III. It was a wedding gift to William Lane and Caroline Hows upon their wedding in 1813 and is inscribed WC. They were my great, great, great grandparents. The spoon was passed on to my great grandmother, Louisa Sophia Lane (later known as “Grandma Spencer”) when she was an hour old on 29th August 1849. The idea being that it should be passed on through the eldest girl in the family. She in turn gave it to her eldest daughter, my great aunt Maude, who passed it to Mum. Mum gave it to me to keep safe for Bryony and it was passed on to her some years ago. So this little spoon has come down through six generations; long may it continue to do so.



  1. Great collection, particularly like the love spoon. Welsh usually but then you are next door. For some reason we got serviette rings. there again we did eat with our fingers!

  2. Well done CJ. That was a trip down memory lane (so to speak). It's amazing how many of those we used on a day to day basis. Mum's Christening spoon being another.

  3. Nice piece of personal history/link to the past
    thank you

  4. What a lovely collection. How nice that you know the history of each one. I particularly liked your mum's christening spoon with the little elephant on the handle. Thanks for sharing,
    The Canadian Chickadee

  5. What a wonderful collection!

  6. OH MY GOSH! You will not believe this...but I have a neighbor who married a dutch girl (my age) and he is from Wales and his last name is Noble! NO KIDDING! I am going to phone Nettie tonight and ask her where her husband is from and his family, if they are still in Wales! I LOVE the spoons story, what a wonderful history you have just because of your spoons! OH those stories must me wonderful! Just holding them would bring me chills! Would this be CRAZY if he knew "your" Nobles!

  7. Talk about one fantastic heirloom spoon collection! Each spoon is uniquely beautiful and painstakingly handcrafted, a perfect match for each memorable event it symbolized.

  8. Wonderful collection recording your family history.

    We do not have this lovely tradition in the States.

  9. What a wonderful tradition!
    It is especially astounding that you know the detailed history of each one.

  10. I love your spoon collection...I have an affinity for long, sterling silver tea spoons. Those are my favorite. Beautiful collection.


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