Before the place setting became popular around 1700, people brought their own spoons to the table. They were carried the same way as a wallet and keys. In pre-modern times, ownership of a silver spoon was an indication of social class. In the Middle Ages, when farmers and craftsmen worked long hours and frequently got dirt under their fingernails, it was important to not be mistaken for a serf or escaped slave. Because of weight and price, silver spoons were highly prized commodities in each household. In addition to their value, silver is antimicrobial and self-sanitize.

Replicated from an antique spoon and cast in Sterling silver on a 24" Sterling silver chain.