Silver Spoons

Silver Spoons

Above: Detailing in spoon bowls and on handles adds to the spoons’ appeal for collectors. Long before the sterling standard was adopted in the late 1880s, silver pieces were generally crafted as “coin silver”—melted coins fashioned into utensils and even serving pieces. The craft was common from early colonial times until well after the Civil War.


  1. When going to visit any local antique shops, I am immediately drawn to the sterling silver items on display ! My love affair with sterling silver started about 20 years ago and since then I have collected a fair amount including flatware, tea sets, tea caddies, candlesticks, pitchers, napkin rings, and even ornate lids for cut crystal dresser jars!

    The rich patina of antique silver items can not be duplicated nor the item’s history throughout its lifetime. Sometimes I think about who the previous owners were when I pour a cup of tea from my favourite morning breakfast sterling teapot which was made in 1911 in England. Did this teapot pour comforting tea to those who were sickly, those celebrating a new family members’ birth, or during the misfortunes of war or a broken heart ?

    The next time you stir your cup of tea or coffee, think about the spoon you are using and wonder about its rich and intriguing history !

    God bless !

    Brandon Hartford
    Te Deum Cottage


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