18th century Mote spoon

18th century Mote spoon
Circa 1775
A rare 18th century silver mote spoon by Thomas Evan with fine engraving to the spoon and handle.
Circa 1775.

In the 18th century when tea was so highly prized and before the invention of a tea strainer, mote spoons were used for removing loose tea leaves from your cup and the pointed end could be used to unblock the tea spout.

The word ‘mote’ is an Old English word that describes an obstruction which is in a place it shouldn’t be. In the case of the mote spoon, the tea leaves are obstructing the tea, and therefore the spoon is required to remove the mote.

Length 14cm


0.89 inches
5.51 inches
Solid silver
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