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Saturday, January 8, 2011

Welsh Love Spoons

Welsh Love Spoons range in size from this gigantic one in Caerleon, Wales (see below) to the size of a teaspoon. The carving of love spoons is a Welsh tradition and the earliest surviving example dates from around 1667. Traditionally, love spoons were given to women by their suitors. Certain symbols carved on the spoons conveyed meanings such as hearts for love, locks for security, and a number of caged balls depending on the number of children hoped for.

Welsh Love Spoons
Welsh Love Spoons are now sold at tourist spots all over Wales such as the selection below from Caerphilly Castle.

Welsh Love Spoons
Today, Welsh Love Spoons are given as wedding and anniversary gifts among other occasions. They are now viewed as a folk craft.

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