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S/2945 Antique Treen 20th Century Welsh Beech Marriage or Engagement Love Spoon

A most interesting Welsh beech carved marriage or engagement love spoon, having a crest and castle with a motto - NIHL SINE LABORE (nothing without labour) above a heart, and dated 16-06-(19)36 between two leeks. The twin bowls have initials Z. and W. On the back of one of the bowls is carved Walter Johns 12--07-12, and on the back of the other is carved Zena Vivian 19-12-11. There is also carved in small detail on the reverse a figure of a man with LV11, probably the carver who made the spoon. It is almost an antique and is a love spoon of the future. The whole is in lovely condition and has a honey colour retaining a patination.

3 in. (9 cm.) Wide
11 in. (29 cm.) Deep
Welsh Circa 1936