Crafts: Stirring Up the Past

To be born with a silver spoon in one's mouth, so goes the adage, is to be born assured of wealth. Rarer still are the spoons on which tots teethed in Olde Englande. So rare, in fact, that in 1531, when table manners were simply a toothy process of disconnecting meat from bones, one Humfrey Cooke willed that "every one of my childrene shal have one silver spone callid the Apostles." For when it came to skimming the crème de la crème, nothing could match a set of spoons decorated with figures of the Twelve Apostles.

Today, a set of...

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