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Caddy spoon

  • Place of origin:

    Birmingham (made)

  • Date:

    ca.1775-1800 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Linwood, Mathew (maker)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Shell with silver mounts

  • Credit Line:

    Given by J. H. Fitzhenry

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    Silver, Room 67, The Whiteley Galleries, case 4, shelf 13

A caddy spoon is a type of spoon for use in taking and measuring dry tea from a tea caddy, usually small enough to fit inside the caddy. English examples were developed in the mid 18th century when the Chinese tea bottle was superseded by the tea caddy, having an opening large enough to accommodate a small spoon to dispense and measure the tea and when the cover (the thimble top) was no longer used as a measure. Caddy spoons were always required to be hallmarked, being excluded from the exemption of the English act of 1790 relating to small articles.

Physical description

Silver, the bowl a pointed shell, orange spots, cut open and mounted with a silver rim and a curved handle bordered with an incised double line.

Place of Origin

Birmingham (made)


ca.1775-1800 (made)


Linwood, Mathew (maker)

Materials and Techniques

Shell with silver mounts

Marks and inscriptions

Back of handle: maker, ML for Mathew Linwood

Inscribed with the initial R

Engraved with the initial R.

No hallmarks


Height: 3.5 cm, Length: 6.5 cm, Width: 2.5 cm

Object history note

Acquisition RF: Fitzhenry
Gift - Fitzhenry

Descriptive line

Shell with silver mounts, Birmingham (no hallmarks), ca.1775-1800, mark of Matthew Linwood.


Shell; Silver


Cutting; Mounting; Engraving (incising)

Subjects depicted



Metalwork; Tea, Coffee & Chocolate wares; Drinking


Metalwork Collection

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