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1911 Encyclopedia Britannica

Apostle Spoons

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A set of spoons, usually of silver or silver gilt, with the handles terminating in figures of the apostles, each bearing their distinctive emblem. They were common baptismal gifts during the 15th and 16th centuries, but were dying out by 1666. Often single spoons were given, bearing the figure of the patron or name saint of the child. Sets of the twelve apostles are not common, and complete sets of thirteen, with the figure of our Lord on a larger spoon, are still rarer. The Goldsmiths' Company in London has one such set, all by the same maker and bearing the hall-mark of 1626, and a set of thirteen was sold at Christie's in 1904 for f4900.

See William Hone, The Everyday Book and Table Book (1831); and W. J. Cripps, Old English Plate (9th ed., 1906).

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Chisholm, Hugh, General Editor. Entry for 'Apostle Spoons'. 1911 Encyclopedia Britanica. 1910.

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