My grandmother had a “spooner” on her table. I didn’t know it had a specific name – spooner. I just thought she put her spoons in this glass thing and left it on the table. As I grew older and learned more about antiques I discovered a “Spooner” had a purpose. It was just what she called it – a spoon holder. The knives and forks were kept in a drawer, but the spoons were kept in the spoon holder next to the sugar bowl that was left on the table. There wasn’t a centerpiece, just necessary items on the kitchen table.
A number of pattern glass spooners were made including the “Strawberry” or “Fairfax” patterns by Bryce Walker & Co. circa 1870, “Sprig” c. 1880, and different shapes including a bell form.
Why have a spooner today? There are other uses for spooners besides to hold spoons although if you have a collection of old spoons, there is no better place to display them than in a spooner. Spooners can be used to hold makeup brushes, cotton balls, decorative soaps, artificial sugar packets…use your imagination. Next time you are in an antique shop, mall or at an estate sale, look for a “spooner” for your glass collection. They are still generally under $100.00 with many in the $25-$50.00 range.