1920s silver teaspoons

Fleur-de-lis teaspoonsElkington + Co Fleur-de-lis teaspoons, made in Birmingham, England c.1920s

A set of six silver hallmarked teaspoons with a cut-out pattern of Fleur-de-lis in the handle. The Fleur-de-lis is a stylised lily (in French, fleur = flower, and lis = lily) that was often used as a decorative design with religious, political, dynastic, artistic, emblematic, and symbolic meaning, especially in French heraldry.

So what is the Fleur-de-lis doing on English teaspoons from the 1920s? Surely an anomaly? And what are these teaspoons now doing in Australia in 2014? The answer is – of course- the global village. Even in the 20s the makers knew about the zeitgeist.

I found these teaspoons in an out-of-the-way antique market: I travel to such places due to my real job as a landscape architect. Two birds: one stone.

The set of six teaspoons is for sale: $AUD60

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2 thoughts on “1920s silver teaspoons

  1. Those are great! Living in Louisiana, the fleur-de-lis is a big part of the culture and you’ll see it in many homes and businesses. I haven’t forgotten to get a photo from my shop to show you the local costumes. We’ve been very, very busy but I’ll try to snap one today and share a link.

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