Twelve apostles

Also on Deasy's sideboard is a "spooncase" lined with "purple plush" velvet, containing twelve spoons whose handles represent the "twelve apostles." Apostle spoons had been given to children at christenings since the 16th century, although the tradition was beginning to die out in the early 20th century.

JH 2012

Set of 6 English silver apostle spoons, ca. 1880s-1920s, in their original box. Source: