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Caddy spoon

  • Place of origin:

    Birmingham (made)

  • Date:

    1797-1798 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Bettridge, John (maker)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Silver, stamped, bright cut engraving, two parts soldered, pierced edge

  • 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 English examples were developed in the mid 18th century when the Chinese tea bottle was superseded by the tea caddy, having an opening large enough to accommodate a small spoon to dispense and measure the tea and when the cover (the thimble top) was no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, stamped, rounded bowl edged with a pierced and scalloped frill and engraved with foliage and wavy lines; the fiddle pattern handle is engraved with foliage and a compartment for initials.

Place of Origin

Birmingham (made)


1797-1798 (made)


Bettridge, John (maker)

Materials and Techniques

Silver, stamped, bright cut engraving, two parts soldered, pierced edge

Marks and inscriptions

Inside bowl: maker IB for John Bettridge?, duty, sterling, date letter ā€˜Zā€™ for 1797-8, anchor for Birmingham


Height: 1.8 cm, Length: 8.3 cm, Width: 3.4 cm

Object history note

Acquisition RF: Fitzhenry
Gift - Fitzhenry Collection

Descriptive line

Silver, Birmingham hallmarks for 1824-5, mark of John Bettridge?




Stamping; Piercing; Engraving (incising); Soldering

Subjects depicted



Metalwork; Drinking; Tea, Coffee & Chocolate wares


Metalwork Collection

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