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A rare sycamore Welsh Love SpoonReturn to category

This is a rare example of a a delightfully romantic piece. Traditionally given as a gift to the  object of a boys affections. Although these spoons were produced in many part of Europe, this one is uniquely Welsh.
The earliest known love spoon is housed at The Museum of Welsh Life at St Ffagans, dating from 1667.
Certain symbols came to have specific meanings: ahorsehoe for luck, a cross for faith, bells for marriage, hearts for love, a wheel supporting a loved one and a lock  for security, among others. Caged balls indicated the number of children hoped for. Other difficult carvings, such as chains, were as much a demonstration of the carver's skill as a symbolic meaning.
This spoon is an exhuberant example with a wonderfully fluid chain, original colour  and patina.

1820-40

53cms long

 

This piece is now sold, but if you would like us to keep you in mind the next time we have something similar, please e-mail us at info@havardandhavard.com .

Best Wishes

Philip & Christine