In a flea market, a long time ago
I came across this spoon
A serving spoon, I thought!
A "pea" spoon, I thought!
For it had holes in it to drain liquid
And a bowl that's perfect for a spoonful of peas!
It once belonged to Karolina Nielsen
(it said so on the back)
But I was puzzled . . .
Was it or was it not a PEA spoon?
So I inquired at Garden Web
There are a lot of antique experts on that site
After many guesses
(including a sugar sifter -- I didn't think so, but I did try to
sift sugar with it -- the holes are too small)
(Someone else joked that it was a lingonberry server -- the lingonberry liquid would drip out and then you'd just have a nice spoonful of lingonberries)
Someone finally came up with the notion that it was a
"tea" strainer or a "tea" spoon!
(I had 2 of the three letters right --
except it was a T rather than a P)
This afternoon, I decided to use it for
In the breakfast room
with a slice of pumpkin cranberry coffeecake for a nosh
And a book to peruse as I'm looking for a new recipe to bring to a do tomorrow night
It does fit perfectly not the cup
And the holes are big enough for tea to pour through
But not big enough for the leaves to get into the tea!
I'm convinced that that's what Karolina's spoon is --
a tea strainer!
But there is a second puzzlement:
I don't have twins -- the one on the bottom is a tea spoon
(an afternoon tea spoon, a 5 o clock spoon)
I think it is the same design!
And the back markings indicate that it is Swedish
And that it was made in 1907
(two years after the engraved date on the tea strainer)
I got them at different times in different cities.
The small spoons first
(which also are engraved on the back -- with an "LR")
And then the "pea" spoon which turned into a "tea" strainer spoon
I wonder if Karolina had small spoons that matched her strainer?
It sure is pretty and could be used for many things! Elegant really!
Well, this is an interesting mystery. I don't think it is a tea caddy because it has no lip and the handle is too long. I think it is a mote spoon. That's why the holes are so tiny! I'm serious, really. I believe that spoon was for lifting motes out of one's cup. It's a real thing.
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