In our day it is hard to
imagine that one would spend an extensive
of time creating a spoon, but the artists of this style did precisely
They literally hand hammered a spoon from a piece of raw silver in the
style and forced the metal to conform to their vision. These are
pieces that were meant to uplift the soul and to last an entire
The shapes are often much plainer than those found in the Art Nuevo
and in some cases are more simple than the later Art Deco movement
was inspired, in part, by these dedicated craftsmen. In some cases they
deliberately left their hammer marks to show that the spoon was
(Note: some manufacturers quickly picked up on this style and developed
hammering machines.). There are subtle differences between the real
and crafts hand hammered style and the machine produced look-alikes. It
possible to develop your "eye" to see these differences.
The "Arts and Crafts"
movement was a
the disappointment that many artists had with the nature of machine
goods. These artists believed that machine created products lacked
and artistic merit and demeaned the soul. The "Arts and Crafts"
elevated their concerns to a moral level
an extensive philosophy about the superiority of "hand
made" goods. This philosophy
is also known by other names such
Craftsmanship and extended beyond silver or spoons to comprise homes
Furniture (Stickley), Decorative items (Tiffany, Faberge) etc.
Most of the Arts and Crafts
silver output is in the art deco style
is much plainer than the earlier art nuevo and various Victorian
but the A & C craftsmen also looked at historical styles for
set of very unusual Arts and Crafts spoons
spoons are marked, but I have been unable to
trace the maker.
Note the hammer marks on these
distinctively made spoons by Shreve
San Francisco, which are made in the rare 14th century pattern. The
on each piece are purposely different.
Unusual Spoon and Fork Set
"strange" hand made sterling spoon and fork
set is engraved on
back as being from the "cheerio man", Walt V. Buster and dated 1989
One of the few American
professional spoonmakers still actively
the Arts and Crafts style is Allan Adler of Los Angeles. Mr. Adler is
old now and produces only a few pieces for resale.
I have obtained this very cute
"snowman" Childs spoon and fork
by Allan Adler. (note: one reader believes that these are rabbits-- I
see what she is saying but they look like snowmen to me.)
hand made copper spoon with a tobacco leaf
handle. Arts and Crafts
disciples often worked with materials other than silver. This spoon may
been designed as a "wine taster" as it has a small loop at the back
the leaf curls over. Another very similar piece has surfaced which
that it was "made in Rhodesia". So it is a rare African Arts and Crafts