BRITISH SOUVENIR SPOONS
ORGANIZATIONS, PINEAPPLES, OTHER
There are currently 8 small bore rifle clubs in London
This spoon is silver plated
materiam ignis triumphans" translates as "Fire (ignis) rules/triumphs
(triumphans) over (super) material (materiam)."
"fire conquers the best materials"
J K Smit and sons
The bowl suggests this spoon was made for the coronation of Queen
Pineapple and cup spoons
Apparently pineapples were so valuable and popular in England in
the 1700's that it became a status symbol. People literally took
pineapples to parties just to show them off.
Some people carried them around until they started to rot. At one point
they could cost up to 5000 pounds each which was a whopping sum of
"In such a gastronomic milieu, reports and later samples
of the New World's
pineapple--whose ripe yellow pulp literally exploded natural sweetness
when chewed--made the fruit an item of celebrity and curiosity for
royal gourmet and horticulturist alike. Despite dogged efforts by
European gardeners, it was nearly two centuries before they were able
to perfect a hothouse method for growing a pineapple plant. Thus, into
the 1600s, the pineapple remained so uncommon and coveted a commodity
that King Charles II of England posed for an official portrait in an
act then symbolic of royal privilege -- receiving a pineapple as a
Other British Spoons
An interesting mix of different spoons with British hallmarks
A small turtle surmounts this spoon. Perhaps it was for turtle soup
This looks like a well muscled Roman warrior.
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