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Welcome to Linderhof, our 1920's home on the prairie, where there's usually something in the oven, flowers in the garden for tabletops and herbs in the garden for cooking. Where, when company comes, the teapot is always on and there are cookies and cakes to share in the larder.

Monday, January 4, 2010

A Spoon for Tea

When asked, I always say I don't really "collect" anything. I don't feel that I do -- I buy what I like and sometimes what I like I already have some of so . . . and as the saying goes, if you have three of something, you have a collection!
These are three of my Aunt Agnes spoons -- their small and therefore, coffee or tea spoons. I have more -- but they're regular teaspoons. Her aunt, gave Aunt Agnes an engraved spoon every year for her birthday -- and I was the lucky niece to get the Agnes spoons.
Each spoons has "Agnes" engraved in the bowl. Some have the date. I treasure all of them!

And they were the start of my "spoon" collection. (Although I don't think of it as a collection!)
These two are Victorian -- 1890's or so and silverplate.
Why I bought these spoons and what intriqued me about them is the "Thompson" engraved on the back.

These are English and called "coffee spoons" for that demitasse after dinner. Wee spoons, these. Plate rather than sterling but I like the fact that there are 10 of them!

These spoons are English, too, and I am really fond of their twisted handles. They are marked and it appears that they are from 1897 from the "date" mark on the back. They are as small as the "coffee spoons" and the twisted handles are rarer.

These are Victorian and dated 1888 on the back. They're plate as well but I love the details on the end of the handle.

This is my "odd lot" of coffee spoons -- picked up here and there -- one at a time.

My favorite of the coffee spoons are these -- they're Russian -- pre Revolutionary. If I pick a spoon for after dinner coffee, I always pick one of these!

I love the twisted handle but the best thing about these spoons are . . .

The back! What great detail! And from the design you can tell that they were made before the turn of the century.

And where do I keep these precious spoons?

In sugar scoops on the sideboard. When coffee is served, one (or both -- depending upon the number of guests) are put on the table for those whose coffee needs stirring.

Please join Tam at The Gypsy's Corner to see what other collections there are on this "Three or More Tuesday"! It's always fun to see what everyone collects!


Keetha Broyles said...

These are fabulous spoons.

My mom developed the habit of ordering "sample" spoons - - - not exactly sure where she ordered them from. She placed them in a heavy cut glass on their Kitchen table, and we would each choose our favorite when we ate there.

Now my mom is gone and dad is weeding through their things and passing them on to his kids and grandkids. My oldest son, when asked to write down three things he wanted, went to that spoon glass, pulled out his favorite, and TRACED the handle on his paper next to the message, "I want this spoon."

Unknown said...

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Linda @ A La Carte said...

Your spoons are so interesting. Different shapes and sizes! Love them. Thanks for sharing your great collection.

Lori E said...

These are not your everyday spoons we see in most collections that have Mickey Mouse or the Golden Gate bridge on them.
These are really spectacular.

Pondside said...

I also have a non-collection of spoons. They sit with the tea service in a small sterling trophy cup. For many years they sat in my son's christening mug, but when his oldest was born I had the baby's name added to the mug and passed it along. I was so pleased to find the little trophy!

Ciara Gianelli said...

And to think that I never paid much attention to old silverware!

I thought I had a favorite but as I scrolled down, I decided there are too many pretty ones to pick a favorite. I think you've just peaked my interest in something new. I'd have to say the twisted handle English and the Russian engraved backs top the list, but I love the story and the history behind Aunt Agnes' "collection." Very cool.

Linda Q said...

Well that was fun to see your spoons Martha! Especially your Agnes spoons, fun to have. I have some June spoons, various kinds of old spoons that Ron's grandma gave us. I have them in a rack in the kitchen.
Thanks for dropping by my blog. A little more Christmas to put away tomorrow and I am all done and can get on to other things!

Sarah said...

What a terrific post! I too love old spoons. I inherited some of my mother-in-laws spoons. Each so different! I think the English spoons with the twisted handles are my favorites, but each of of yours is sheer delight to me. I love the idea of giving a young girl an engraved spoon each year on her birthday. Aren't you the luch niece to have them now! Thanks for sharing this with us. Great idea to keep them in a sugar scoop. ~ Sarah

Poppedijne said...

This is a wonderful and beautiful collection! I especially love the Agnes collection I like very much these kind of traditions from the olden days to give some one something like that every year. We are giving,since she became 18, our Godchild a piece of some silver Christofle flatware every year for her Christmas and her Birthday.
Keep on collecting! I loved to have seen them.

Coralie Cederna Johnson said...

Each spoon is a work of art and they are all exquisite! Thanks so much for sharing! Happy New Year! Coralie

Schnitzel and the Trout said...

I am truly fascinated by your wonderful spoons.

Parisbreakfasts said...

I love spoons...especially those little ice cream spoons you get in Italy. I think I have a "collection"!

Chris said...

Lovely spoons, lovely post!

I think the Russian spoons are my favorite too. I loved them even before you turned them over!

Thanks for sharing! Chris

GardenOfDaisies said...

I really like all your demitasse spoons. But the one I like the most is the Agnes spoon with the lilly of the valley handle. (My Mom collects lilly of the valley silverware and I have grown to really appreciate it's beauty too.) I know what you mean about bringing home things you love, and then realizing that what you have is indeed a collection. :-)

Auntie sezzzzzz... said...

I don't collect... But these are certainly a lovey way, for you to do so.

The Tablescaper said...

That is a fabulous non-collection, spoon collection!

I love the detailed information you know about each.

I guess I have a bit of a spoon collectin as well, but I don't know their history as well.

How lucky for you to have the Aunt Agnes collection!

- The Tablescaper

Deanna said...

Luv your spoons!
I really enjoyed seeing the coffee spoons. I don't think I've ever seen coffee spoons before! I learned something.

The Russian ones are interesting and so pretty.

How are you liking this cold weather?

Southerncook said...

Loved this post about your beautiful spoons. Oh my I feel a new collection coming on. It won't be the first time that you have been the inspiration for a new collection.


Unknown said...

Wow what a collection!!! Beautiful.

Mary Bergfeld said...

What a gorgeous assortment of spoons. Please note my use of the word assortment :-). Have a great day.

Bernideen said...

Thanks for sharing these treasures! I am a big mix and match person and have some old ones too!

Gypsy aka Tam said...

Wonderful treasures! I have a couple of silver spoons that were my Mom's, they are not as ornate or as beautiful as yours but they are special to me. :o)
Thank you for playing along with 'Three Or More' and have a wonderful day.

Barbara said...

You certainly have a collection of spoons Martha. I like the twisted handles too.