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Book Description

A fine copy, with 23 tissue-guarded plates, and deckled-edges; just the slightest hint of rubbing to spine ends.
Dealer Notes
Spoons, of course, are the most ancient of implements; the apostle spoon form had its heyday in 16th and 17th century England, less so on the Continent. Created in sets of thirteen (12 apostle spoons and 1 Master — Jesus — spoon), they were often given as Christening gifts to children who bore the same name as the saint represented on the knop of the handle, or complete sets as wedding presents. The saints are identified by their symbols, though those were by no means fixed, and the master spoon — if it exists — is usually larger. Single spoons seem to be readily available, complete sets very rare.
This book catalogues sets (whether complete or partial) in both private and public hands, tracking their history where possible; followed by a discussion of the Saint’s emblems. The author was a collector from Delaware.
Author Charles G. Rupert
Date 1929
Binding Original gilt-lettered cloth
Publisher London: Humphrey Milford, Oxford University Press
Condition Fine
Pages xi, 36

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