In the archived collections of some of the museums in Wales are some old 'feeding' spoons with curious bent handles, the bowls of which extend at an almost 90 degree angle to the handle. It is thought this odd shape allowed the parent to feed a child seated in the lap and facing away from the parent without the parent having to reach around ... an ingenious innovation which also makes a lovely 'look' when carved on a spoon.
I like my Christening spoons to echo this tradition and so you'll notice most have the bent handle and protruding bowl.
As with lovespoons carved for weddings and anniversaries etc., there is lots of scope for design and personal statement. This lovely little spoon is based on an ancient Celtic sketch of a lion embracing a closed or 'eternal' knot. The closed knot is a symbol of eternity because it has no beginning or end (like the circle which became the model for the wedding ring). I've included the unfinished version of this spoon as the lower section ultimately contained some details which I felt might be too personal to show the whole world. But rest assured it was all very touching!!!
This one was particularly enjoyable! A gift for a baby born to parents who love the ocean, diving and marine life, there was little doubt this spoon would have a nautical theme! A happy leaping dolphin rises out of the waves holding a small banner with the birth details above a cascade of starfish and seashells. The heart shaped bowl symbolizes the love the child will enjoy. Its hard not to feel happiness when you look at this little spoon!!
Although they aint silver, I think these little spoons are all much more valuable than any store bought metal spoon could ever be. They're certainly more heart-felt!!