What’s a Spooner?

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.

"Strawberry" and "Sprig" pattern spooners

About askbeverly

Who am I? I am an individual who values the contents of people's homes for a variety of reasons. I'm called a "personal property appraiser" and certified by the International Society of Appraisers which requires educational courses, examinations, keeping up with current tax laws and every two years taking a course called the Uniform Standards of Personal Property Appraisals. Every five years, I am required to keep up my ISA certification by proving I have a minimum of 100 personal property development credits - that's course hours and actual research time spend on appraisal work. As a long time collector I have turned a hobby into a profession and for the last 22 years worked as an independent appraiser. My specialties include china, pottery, sterling silver, crystal and glassware, costume jewelry, Carnival Glass, Belleek Irish porcelain, collectibles and furniture. Why do you need an appraisal? The purpose of an appraisal may be for obtaining insurance, probate of an estate, equitable division of an estate or divorce, or a damage claim. I also give lectures on several different topics to antique clubs, provide consultations in person, by phone and through email. No my service is not free! But I will also advise you if I believe it is in your best interest to do research on your own if you just want an idea of what something is worth rather than pay for an appraisal.

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