The person with the most knowledge walks away with the best value and the greatest rewards. Antique tableware, particularly spoons, has been a popular collectible for decades. The origin of this spoon was described by historian Mary P. Clearly, she was uncomfortable with the idea of scrapping something with family history and artistic value. Learn about Apostle Spoon Spoons, originally made both in sets of 13 and singly, that have as the finial a cast figure in-the-round, depicting one of the twelve apostles or Christ in Majesty, with his emblem. Look on the back of your silver for a hallmark. Some spoons denote royalty and display the crest of markings of the family.
Browse and purchase with confidence as our friendly antique dealers will be more than happy to help with any questions on listed items. Each pointing away from the S. Look up the name and design for a souvenir spoon in an souvenir spoon guide such as SouvenirSpoons. Other knop shapes introduced at this time included the spear point, scallop, textured balls, and the more recognized pine cone and seal top. Some curved up, others curved down, and changes were made in the shape of the stem, from plain to ornate. I didn't count the leaves.
The stem became more simple and flat to suit the Puritanical taste, and knops on the end of the stem virtually disappeared. Whether you seek beautiful caddy spoons or huge hash spoons, silver spoons from the Tudor period, the 20th Century or somewhere in between, this website will have something for you. Many popular tourist sites made souvenir spoons that are very collectible today. You can choose from antique teaspoons, tablespoons, caddy spoons, soupspoons, sauce ladles, salt spoons and serving spoons to name but a few. California, 1940s : : Souvenir Spoons 28. Can't figure out from my phone to eBay. Even worse than the monetary loss, a rare art object could be destroyed.
Complete sets of thirteen different silver apostle spoons having the same maker and date, and dating from the 16th century are extremely rare, and even single apostle spoons of this period fetch a high price. Hello,I have 2-6 Gorham silver goblets numbered 272 and with the initial G for Gorham on the goblets. Thank you for your time. It means that the silver is either pure or made of. A popular choice is also the silver berry spoon, often available in pairs; their date of creation is usually from mid to late 17thC. With more and more antique silver pieces being destroyed for their scrap value, the price of pieces that survive will continue to rise.
I do combine multiple purchases to save you money on shipping. And you are correct that there are several different makers of extremely similar patterns. How do you know if your antique is sterling or silver plate? Troy, no monogram, fine condition. Etiquette demanded a different type of utensil for every food item, and spoons for every time and every reason began to increase throughout the 19th century. Silver spoons became an avenue of artistic and individual expression. If it is an heirloom, then it has sentimental value and you should use it often, with love. Antique silver spoons that look very attractive laid out on the table are those with patterned handles, silver spoons with enamel decoration and silver gilt guilloche spoons are visually appealing.
History of Antique Silver Spoons Spoons have been in existence since Palaeolithic times, and are one of the earliest forms of cutlery known to civilisation. Religious figures were represented as well, many of which also bear an apostles emblem, thus referred to as an Apostle spoon. Helpful Websites and Guides to Antique Silver One of the best things you can do is to invest in a good price guide to antique silver. Unmarked spoons are difficult to identify. Many human shaped knops designs continue to be prevalent particularly on antique collectible spoons and souvenir spoons, often fairly secular in style.
It does not have enough silver in it to have value to someone to melt down and generally does not have much resale value. Animals, particularly birds, were on knops of early sixteenth century spoons. The high-relief rendering of Capitol building in bowl lends this spoon an added sculptural quality. When it comes to antique sterling silver flatware, age is not everything. If the item feels light in weight for its size, it may be plated. If you suspect that your silver is quite old and may not be marked you can take it to a professional to have it acid tested. Record those on your notepad.
It is possible to find lovely sets of silver spoons, often in sets of four or six. Apostle spoons have been reproduced in great numbers and those from the 19th century onwards often show the figure without an emblem, and are comparitively cheap to purchase. Lion knopped silver spoons, the most identified symbol of the kings of England, are actually much more rare, but other countries, namely France, also made lion motif knopped spoons, and this design has continued with many manufacturers even today. Contact an appraiser who specializes in antique spoons to find out the value of an unmarked spoon, or a spoon that you cannot value yourself. The collecting of antique silver spoons has long been a prized hobby of many collectors. Valuing an Antique Spoon Take clear, detailed pictures of the spoon with a digital camera.
Bring or send all your notes and digital pictures to the appraiser to provide as much information as possible. Continental spoon knops during the fifteenth century frequently displayed fruits. There are no visible stamps or maker's marks. Scroll through the images until you can match yours. More like Gorham Lancaster pattern, but not exactly like that either.