So the general rule here in tea blog land seems to be that three of anything makes it a collection. By that standard, I now have a collection of sugar spoons, and I absolutely love them! I always like to have some tea-related collectible to be on the lookout for, and since I'm about out of space for teapots and teacups, I realized silverware is small, easily stored, inexpensive and there's heaps of it out there. Plus, it's nice to have a pretty spoon for serving sugar to guests at a tea party!
I think the handles are the prettiest feature of sugar spoons. These first two are marked "Rogers & Bro. A1," which was a common mark for Rogers' silverplate. The third piece is a sterling silver sugar spoon which belonged to my husband's mother, whom I never had the pleasure of knowing. There is no name on the piece, just a hallmark of a lion, the number 925/1000 representing the silver standard, and the word "STERLING." A sterling sugar spoon is said to be an essential item for a proper tea table. (Though I didn't realize I had one until recently, yet somehow I got by just fine!)
These spoons are also sometimes called "sugar shells," and the shell-shaped bowl (this one from the sterling sugar spoon) makes it obvious why this is so. There are also other shapes of sugar spoons which are known as "sugar shovels," and indeed the bowl of those pieces does indeed resemble a shovel. The other reason I'm into sugar spoons? Next time I travel somewhere, a sugar spoon would be a great souvenir that can make it into a suitcase and back home without fear of breakage!