Swan spoons are a type of spoon that were popular in the 18th and 19th centuries. They are characterized by the shape of their handle, which is in the form of a swan’s head and neck. The spoon bowl itself is usually made of silver or another precious metal, and the handle is often elaborately decorated with intricate engravings or enamel work. These spoons were highly prized for their beauty and craftsmanship and were often used as decorative items or as special-occasion utensils.
Swan spoons were particularly popular in the United States, where they were often used as gifts for weddings and other special occasions. They were also popular in Europe, particularly in the United Kingdom, where they were used as a status symbol and a symbol of wealth. The spoons often passed down from generation to generation as a family heirloom. Some of the most famous manufacturers of swan spoons were Gorham Manufacturing Company of Rhode Island, and the American company Reed & Barton. Today, Swan spoons are highly sought after by collectors and can fetch high prices at auction.