English George IV Sterling Silver Caddy Spoon by John Lawrence, 1823.
English George IV Sterling Silver Caddy Spoon by John Lawrence, Lawrence & Co., 1823. Embossed Shell Bowl, the bowl with scrolls embossed to base near handle. The fiddle handle with engraved with leaves within bright-cut and dot engraved borders.
Marked for Birmingham, dated 1823.
3 1/4" L. x 1 1/2" w.
Caddy spoons were designed to scoop tea out of a vertical box for tea leaves, called a tea caddy. The leaves were quite precious, and thus only aristocrats could partake. This was designed in 1810, at a time when tea was becoming more available, and thus the proliferation of tea accessories also expanded.
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