Apostle spoon

Apostle spoon

noun
a spoon having at the end of the handle the figure of one of the 12 apostles, formerly given as a christening present.

Origin:
1605–15

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apostle spoon
 
n
a silver spoon with a figure of one of the Apostles on the handle

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apostle spoon

spoon for personal use at table, the handle of which is surmounted by a small figure of an apostle, a saint, or Jesus Christ. English silver examples, dating from at least mid-15th century to the end of the 17th century, were sometimes made in sets of 13, consisting of the Twelve Apostles and Christ.

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