Tea caddy spoons were used for a simple and single purpose, to dispense loose tea leaves from a tea caddy. The tea caddy was a special canister that held the precious household tea. The lady of the house often kept a proprietary key to the canister to ensure that servants and others didn't have access to the precious leaves. The caddy spoon was then used to dispense tea into a mixing bowl or infusion pot.
This fabulous George III period coin silver tea caddy spoon is circa early 1800's. The unique shovel shape is expertly engraved in the bowl with scrolls and a cartouche that is stamped (I think) "H37". The outside edge is also engraved with a delicate rope design. The attached handle is heart shaped at the top with a spade shaped attachment to the bowl on the reverse. The spoon measures 2 1/2" in length, 1 1/8" at the widest part of the bowl and weighs approximately 2/10 of an ounce. There are no splits or damages; several pin-point size indentations from almost 200 years of life. Nice color and patina.
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