Antique Hand Carved Walnut "Love Spoon"

The Welsh tradition of giving a "love spoon" as a token of affection to a man's betrothed goes back centuries with the earliest documented spoon dating to 1667. The tradition came to America with Welsh immigrants in the 18th and 19th centuries. These spoons are intricately carved with the intention of impressing both the intended bride and her father. Each spoon is uniquely carved with a number of symbols to communicate the man's feelings.

This spoon is carved in walnut with a wheel (for industry), a heart (for affection) and a cage and three balls (for household security and/or desiring three children). The spoon is 13 1/4" long and 1 1/4" at it's widest points. The carving is very well done and the spoon is in excellent condition, with no losses and no repairs.

These Welsh folk carvings have special meaning for us as we currently live in Lower Gwynedd, PA - an early Welsh settlement. What a perfect gift for someone you love.

Item ID: FR0285

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