Apostle spoon


  • Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Apostle spoon (Antiq) a spoon of silver, with the handle terminating in the figure of an apostle. One or more were offered by sponsors at baptism as a present to the godchild.
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In literature:

Only I distrust apostles with no vowels in their names ever since that one, two years ago, made off with the spoons.
"Cecilia de Noël" by Lanoe Falconer
A set of 12 Elizabethan "Apostle" spoons were recently offered for sale at Messrs. CHRISTIE'S.
"Punch, or the London Charivari, Vol. 146, June 24, 1914" by Various
These were called "apostle spoons," because the extremity of the handle was formed into the figure of one or other of the apostles.
"Folk-lore of Shakespeare" by Thomas Firminger Thiselton-Dyer
The oldest hallmarked Apostle spoon is dated 1493, while the most modern of which we have any record bears the date of 1665.
"Colonial Homes and Their Furnishings" by Mary H. Northend
She seemed to take a great interest in the tea-things, and the date of the apostle spoons.
"Diana Tempest, Volume II (of 3)" by Mary Cholmondeley
The gift of "Apostle Spoons" by sponsors is said, by Stow, to have originated in the days of Queen Elizabeth.
"Curious Church Customs" by Various
The old custom of sponsors giving the child twelve tea-spoons, called "Apostle Spoons," is now obsolete.
"Lancashire Folk-lore" by John Harland