If these spoons could talk maybe they would tell the story of their journey from London, England to a pawn shop in North Georgia. The silver spoons are replicas of a historic anointing spoon used in the coronations of the Kings of England since the 12th century.
My sweet husband likes to collect coins and so he is in and out of pawn shops everywhere he goes. We are both Anglophiles and I am pretty sure the allure of the silver and the history were just too much.
While the spoons are 4 1/3 inches long, the original coronation spoon is 10 1/4 inches and its handle features four small pearls to signify "the story of the man in the gospel who, when he had found one pearl of great price went his way and sold all that he had and bought it," according to an article in The Jewelers' Circular-Keystone in April of 1937. "Also on the handle of the spoon above and below is a section of green enamel - Hope's color - of regenerated man - speaking of his longing for heaven which is also symbolized by the long streak of celestial blue enamel reaching the jewel at the upper end."
"The inside portion of the bowl of the spoon has a beautiful Arabesque pattern engraved upon it, consisting of a foliated scroll with leaf-bearing boughs of trees. The work was done with a graving tool."
The article goes on to explain the royal ridge's purpose. When the spoon scoops its portion of holy oil the Archbishop dips his fingers into each section and then follows the anointing ceremony, making a cross on the king's head, breast, and the palms of the hand.
I struggled with taking pictures of these. I decided to shoot them on the porch using late afternoon light but nothing seemed to do them justice. What would you have done? I have a lot to learn abut lighting. I considered black and white, too, but figured I should polish first. Thank you as always!