Caddy Spoon, No maker’s mark, 1797
Image from: Birmingham Assay Office.
From the end of the 1770s, when tea drinking became fashionable, Birmingham toy-makers produced considerable quantities of caddy spoons, catering for the fashion of keeping spoons in tea canisters. They were never exempt from hall-marking. The Act of 1790 exempted many small articles weighing less than five penny weight, but specifically excluded caddy spoons from this concession. This delicate caddy spoon is in the shape of a leaf« Previous in this sectionNext in this section »