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Essential Guide to Old, Antique & Ancient Metal Spoons


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Essential Guide to Old, Antique & Ancient Metal Spoons

Soft back, 21 x 14.5cm

A comprehensive guide to metal spoons from early times up to the nineteenth century. Whatever old spoon you may come across or want information on, you should find it in this book.



  • Introduction
  • The development of the spoon
  • Old base metal spoons
  • Cones
  • Finials
  • Acorn knops
  • Horned head dress knop
  • Diamond point
  • Maidenhead knop
  • Monks head knop
  • Sitting lion knop
  • Writhen knops
  • Melon or lobed knop
  • Hexagonal or six-squared knop
  • Apostle knops
  • Horsehoof knop
  • Stump end
  • Baluster knop
  • Seal tops
  • Strawberry knop
  • Slipped in the stalks
  • Puritan spoons
  • Split ends or Pied de biche
  • Shield end or Wavy end spoons
  • Rounded ends
  • Fancy knopped spoons
  • Stag's head knop
  • Cockrell knop
  • Globe knop
  • Flattened cone knop
  • Man's head knop
  • Small brass spoons
  • Pastry cutter or Cook's spoon
  • Some continental base metal spoons
  • Bibliography
On the back cover:

David Villanueva was born in Birmingham in 1951 and bought his first metal detector in the early 1970's. He later moved to Whitstable in Kent where he pursued both his metal detecting bug and his keen interest in history and historical research. Using the wealth of useful experience gained, David has written dozens of magazine articles and five popular books. One of the fascinating aspects of the metal detecting hobby is that all sorts of interesting relics are regularly being unearthed of which little is known. So when David's friend Simon, unearthed an old base metal spoon and couldn't find  a reference work to identify it, David thoroughly researched the history and development of the domestic spoon in both precious and base metals, which has resulted in this profusely illustrated work and David's sixth book to date.

This guide to spoons for finders, collectors, family historians and anyone interested in spoons from the earliest times to the nineteenth century is basically divided into three sections: the first covers the development of spoons, particularly silver, from the earliest times; the second covers old base metal spoons and the third, some continental spoons, many of which have been found in Britain.  Whatever old spoon you may come across or want information on, you should find it in this book.

Product Code: Z27OAA

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