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Spoon, Apostle



Silver

5 1/4 in. (13.34 cm)

Bryn Mawr College
Accession Number: 2000.7.13
Other Number(s): SC.2.10 (Previous No.)
Classification: Tools and Equipment; Food Processing, Preparation, & Service; Food Service
Culture/Nationality: Dutch
Collection: Deanery Collection
Apostle spoons, with images of apostles and their individual emblems, appeared in England in the 15th century. A full set consisted of the twelve Apostles and a “Master” spoon, depicting Christ.

This spoon, a modern example, bears the inscriptions “Senior Luncheon Deanery, June 4, 1918” and “Mary Swift Rupert.” It has a twisted handle, topped with a column and a full figure representing Saint Andrew. Manufactured in Holland, the spoon might have been a gift to Mary Rupert from her family or part of a senior tradition.

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  • apostle spoons - Silver spoons with the top of the handle surmounted by a small statuette of an apostle. Apostle spoons were intended for personal use at table and were highly popular in England ca. 1490-1675; they were also made on the Continent, especially in Germany. Sometimes apostle spoons were made as sets of thirteen, a dozen featuring the apostles and another topped with a figure of Jesus Christ, a so-called master spoon. Spoons featuring small statuettes of saints have also been called apostle spoons. In the 16th and 17th centuries apostle spoons were seemingly popular as christening presents. Silver-plated versions were made in the 20th century for use as demitasse spoons.
  • Dutch - Refers to the culture of the modern nation of the Netherlands, or in general to cultures that have occupied the same area in northwestern Europe along the North Sea. It is often used to distinguish the culture of the northern historic Netherlands from "Flemish," which is the culture of the southern Netherlands or Flanders. It may also be used to refer in general to the culture of Germanic or Teutonic peoples; however, this meaning is seldom found in modern texts.
  • silver - Pure metallic element having symbol Ag and atomic number 47; a malleable, ductile, white metal with characteristic sheen, considered a precious metal. Silver is widely distributed throughout the world, occurring rarely as metallic silver (in Peru, Norway) but more often as silver-gold alloys and silver ore. Today silver is obtained as a byproduct in the refinement of gold, lead, copper, or zinc ores. Silver was smelted from the ore galena as early as 3800 BCE. As a pure metal, silver is second to gold in malleability and ductility, can be polished to a highly reflective surface, and used -- typically in an alloy -- in jewelry, coinage, photography, mirrors, electrical contacts, and tableware.

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Exhibition List
This object was included in the following exhibitions:
  • Silver: Reflecting the Ages Bryn Mawr College , Sep 27, 2002 – Dec 27, 2002
  • The Deanery Remembered Bryn Mawr College , May 1, 1985 – May 29, 1985

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<ref name=BMC>cite web |url=http://triarte.brynmawr.edu/objects-1/info/176633 |title=Spoon, Apostle |author=Bryn Mawr College Library Special Collections |accessdate=6/30/2022 |publisher=Bryn Mawr College</ref>

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