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Caddy spoon, "Eagle Wing", eagle head handle

Origin: England, Birmingham
OL: 3 1/8"; w of bowl: 1 1/2"
Silver (Sterling)
Gift of Mr. E. Palmer Taylor
Acc. No. 1998-126
Die stamped spoon in the form of the eagle's wing. Tip of handle with eagle head and beak; bowl with overlapping feathers. Wing formation extends to edge of bowl.
Label:During the eighteenth century drinking tea was an important social custom in England and America. The practice of serving it required both distinctive manners and specific equipment. Because tea was a valued commodity, the leaves were stored in a locked tea caddy to prevent theft. Tea caddy spoons were often purchased separately to scoop the loose leaves from the caddy to the teapot. Although they are mostly thought of as silver objects, caddy spoons were also made of other materials such as ivory, mother-of-pearl, and tortoiseshell. These little spoons were mass produced during this time in various shapes including shells, leaves, and the eagle’s wing.
Provenance:Purchased by donor from Wilson & Gill, Goldsmiths' House, 139 & 141 Regent Street, London, England Dec. 5, 1929.
Ex Coll: Mr. E. Palmer Taylor
Mark(s):lion passant; monarch's head; anchor; date letter "K"; maker's mark "JW" in oval