BRITISH SOUVENIR SPOONS
Very pretty group of sterling spoons
"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.
"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.
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.
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