Sterling Silver Baby Spoons

Written by Blaire Chandler-Wilcox
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Vintage sterling silver baby spoons are unique examples of the fine craftsmanship which made 19th century American silversmiths the finest in the world. The detail of antique patterns is unmatched in contemporary design. And unlike new baby spoons, which have a pretty, but super-shiny brilliance, vintage sterling silver baby spoons have a glowing, soft patina that many find much more beautiful.

Types of Sterling Silver Baby Spoons

There are two types of sterling silver baby spoons. There are straight handle spoons, and bent handle spoons. Straight handle spoons are lovely, scaled to fit small hands, and are often found in patterns that are still in existence today.

Bent-handle spoons were created by landmark silversmiths Reed & Barton in the 1890s. At the time of their invention, a Reed & Barton catalogue claimed, "nothing has ever been found that the chubby fist can grasp so conveniently. . ." Many of the Reed & Barton baby spoons feature the beautiful, ornate repousse patterns of Dominick and Haff, a silversmith company which Reed & Barton acquired in the 1928.

Chances are you can find many more examples of these beautiful and absurdly adorable antiques on the Internet than you can in your local antique store. Online silver sites allow you to find examples of 19th century American baby silver, and also continental and British sterling, all in a single stop. Many fine vintage silver stores include free shipping, hand polishing prior to delivery, and lovely gift wrapping if you so prefer.


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