From early times, a silver spoon was a sign of wealth and prestige. A functional item, antique silver spoons are both highly collectable and wonderfully satisfying to use. A traditional Christening present, this is where the expression "born with a silver spoon in your mouth" comes from! A collection of antique silver spoons can be many things. Some collectors like to collect different makers marks and date letters. What object is better to do so with than the noble spoon. They are both affordable and beautiful, and don't take up huge amounts of space! Others are interested in collecting spoons from many different towns and countries of origin, for example.
Despite this fact, silver spoons were still often given as Christening
presents, in the old tradition. At this time too, we begin to see
specialised spoons for different purposes- the dinner spoon continues,
but we also see the dessert spoon, the tea spoon and even the sweetmeat
In the 19th century, antique silver spoons are commonly found both as
individual examples, or as part of larger sets. The array of different
silver spoon designs and cutlery patterns increases enormously. The
Victorians loved variety and let their imaginations run wild. Silver
spoons and cutlery were, generally speaking, always made and sold as
part of larger sets. At the same time the quantity of different uses for
the simple spoon increased greatly, and Victorian spoons for specific
and highly specialised tasks begin to be seen. We see Jam Spades and
Sauce Spoons, Specialised Soup Spoons and Sugar Sifters.
The 20th century sees a continuation of all the same sorts of eating
cutlery as previously, and silver spoons exist as parts of large
services of dining silver. But with the Arts and Crafts movement we see a
return to the old idea of a single spoon for a single person, either as
a christening gift or as a prized possession. These are often made by
well known and well collected makers such as A E Jones and Omar Ramsden.
The original Antique Silver Spoon Article can be found here