Corbell Silver
Corbell Silver

Shoe Silver Plate Spoon Warmer English Silver Plate c.1880. SKU #: A335.

Shoe Design Spoon Warmer English Silver Plate c.1880
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This  Fine English Silver Plated Shoe shaped Spoon Warmer,With Hinged Lid In The Shape Of A Shoe.

At a time when the kitchens were generally set far from dining rooms, it was of great importance that food be kept warm while being brought to the rarely heated dining rooms. Apart from the large variety of dishes that had hot water compartments so the enchanting spoon warmers were invented. Filled also with hot water in the kitchen, they were brought to the table along with the serving spoon(s) which were stored in them until being used and so kept warm.

A Victorian invention, of course, considered one of the essential “fancies” to every well-run household, the spoon warmer was very popular. One of a variety of articles created for the demanding and expanding middle class. Silver was seen as a measure of social status and the status conscious were eager to display their new found wealth. There could never be too many objects, you know, as dining rooms were meant to impress. So many glistening objects piled up on sideboards and dining table.
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