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Love spoon from Norway

These spoons are from Hallingdal, in Norway. They are carved ‘love spoons’ or ‘bridal spoons’, of the type that were often given by grooms to their bride on their wedding day. The amount of time that a person had to spend carving intricate designs into a spoon demonstrated the high regard in which they held its recipient.

Love spoons were popular across Europe, and in Britain they were most common in Wales. Designs varied from region to region, and this design is thought to be particular to Norway. It is probably meant to be a purely decorative item, and similar spoons are still made in Norway, often for the tourist market.

Museum object number REDMG : 2007.1361.1

width 55 mm, length 155 mm

See related topic: World Collection: Belief