Project 365 Spoon

by Jennifer Paire March. 19, 2019 236 views
You never know what you may find in a pawn shop.

You never know what you may find in a pawn shop.

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.

These beauties probably need to be polished but I need to do a little research. I would hate to ruin them!

These beauties probably need to be polished but I need to do a little research. I would hate to ruin them!

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.

After Edward VIII abdicated the throne in 1936 his brother, King George VI, and Queen Elizabeth were crowned.

After Edward VIII abdicated the throne in 1936 his brother, King George VI, and Queen Elizabeth were crowned.

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."

Can you see the ridge down the center of the spoon?

Can you see the ridge down the center of the spoon?

"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."

While an important dimple, the shape of the spoon reminds me of a peach's crease or a baby's bum. Can't resist!

While an important dimple, the shape of the spoon reminds me of a peach's crease or a baby's bum. Can't resist!

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.

The replicas live in a box that is well worn.

The replicas live in a box that is well worn.

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!

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Lynn F Medley 8 months, 4 weeks ago

Thank you for sharing this lesson,, I too always wonder what story they could tell, I Ike your lighting 😊

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Laurie Madsen 8 months, 4 weeks ago

Interesting story and series!

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Jennifer Paire Replied to Laurie Madsen 8 months, 4 weeks ago

Thank you, Laurie.smile

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