An Old Stuffing Spoon
by Terry Betteridge on May 20th, 2014
Really good silver takes many forms but it always shares a few important traits, as this old stuffing spoon shows.
All the surfaces here, rustic from the heavy hammer blows, are smooth to the hand. The haft of the spoon is heavily beaten back from both sides, to thicken and give the strength of an “I Beam”: It wont bend, or at least will snap back, when used hard.
It is almost 8 troy ounces of three individually made and reinforced sections: It has the weight to last through hundreds of years of service.
Finally, it is signed by the workmen who were pleased with their work and proud of their shop. Great silversmiths make things to be used and are willing to stake their names that it will last doing so.