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Silver spoon

Silver spoon
Silver dessert spoon, Sheffield, UK, about 1905

Metal spoons, including valuable silver spoons, were first made by hand, and were therefore expensive: to be born ‘with a silver spoon in your mouth’ meant you were rich! In the 1800s factories began making cheap metal cutlery – spoons, knives and forks.

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While spoons and knives date from ancient times, forks were not commonly used in Britain until the 1500s.

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