Antique Welsh Love Spoons
The making of the Welsh love spoon goes back until at least the 17th century, in St Fagans museum they have one dated 1667 https://museum.wales/articles/2012-09-16/Welsh-Lovespoons-1/
Antique Welsh love spoons carved from one piece of wood, were actually made to convey a message, a prelude to courtship. Questions asked in wood and if you were lucky you may have a row of spoons hanging up, eventually becoming heirlooms.
Looking at image one, it has a double spoon bowl which is unusual and signifies ‘we two are one’ note the shape formed inside the two spoon bowls is a heart stating “my heart is yours’. There is a circular chip carved surround, inside is a pierced flower this is an expression of great affection. There is also a chip carved circle with a soul symbol again expressing deep affection with a circle alongside maybe for everlasting love.
Note the date 1799 also carved. Whoever this spoon was intended for it represented a deep affection and love in the symbols carved.
Some other images of antique Welsh love spoons are included all from current or past stock with a variety of symbols or conveying a love message from a sailor or tongue tied suitor