One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A spoon used to dispense tea from a tea caddy, having a wide, shallow bowl and a short handle.
- ‘Sometime in the early 1800's, caddy spoons were given as gifts and were often engraved for a special purpose.’
- ‘This wonderful sterling silver tea caddy spoon or scoop has a deeply scalloped shell shaped bowl and wonderful floral and foliate delicate patterning on both the bowl and handle.’
- ‘The Caddy shell, caddy ladle or caddy scoop was the inspirational theme for caddy spoons that followed.’
- ‘For instance, caddy spoons have been a specialist's collector's domain for decades, and some of the common fakes are made by soldering the top of a Georgian teaspoon handle (with its marks) to a bowl of fancy design.’
- ‘Other examples of eighteenth century sterling serving utensils include meat skewers (used to hold the roast in place for carving), marrow scoops (used to extract marrow from the bone) and tea service items such as caddy spoons and mote spoons.’
- ‘The small, often fanciful, scoops called caddy spoons are avidly sought by spoon collectors.’
- ‘Because members are from Washington state and Canada, the spoon collections run from Canadian spoons to spoons from the Pacific Northwest to tea caddy spoons to plique-a-jour.’
- ‘Other varieties of caddy spoon came into popularity around 1850-including honey spoons, jam spoons and sugar spoons.’
- ‘All of the antique silver tea caddy spoons have been checked and authenticated by the experts to ensure you get pieces of the highest standard.’
- ‘For the smaller investor, there's a niche market in tea caddy spoons, which can go for under £100.’
- ‘In recent months, I have sold pierced baskets, bowls, tea caddy spoons, calling card cases, fish knives, serving spoons, and several chargers.’
- ‘In the smartest sets there is sometimes a set of teaspoons, sugar nips and a mote spoon, but not a caddy spoon as these do not appear until the 1780s.’
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