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Very pretty group of sterling spoons

british globe spoon
"The empire upon which the sun never sets"

At one time (1922), the British empire was the largest in the history of world and ruled over 450 million people and about a quarter of the total land area.

Queen Victoria spoon

"The Divine Right of Kings is a political and religious doctrine of royal absolutism. It asserts that a monarch is subject to no earthly authority, deriving his (her) right to rule directly from the will of God. The king is thus not subject to the will of his (her) people, the aristocracy, or any other estate of the realm, including the church. The doctrine implies that any attempt to depose the king or to restrict his powers runs contrary to the will of God and may constitute treason. "

Mr. R. Godwin has graciously allowed me to show these advertisements from his great (multiple) grandfather's jewelry store in London.
These advertisements are from the early 1890's.

godwin jewelry advertisements spoons

As you can see at 9 and 10 shillings each, these spoons were expensive.
A shilling was 1/20 of a pound and a penny was 1/12 of a shilling.
In todays dollars ten shillings would be approx. $80.
At that time, one shilling bought a good hot meal that would be about $8-10 dollars today.

godwin jewelry spoon advertisement

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