Before the late 1550s, seal top spoons were a relative rarity. After that time, though, they became very popular until about 1670. The Mary Queen of Scots Seal Top Spoon features a seal modeled after a coin struck to commemorate her wedding. Between 1560 and 1670, it became custom to carry personal eating utensils when traveling, as well as personal writing materials. A seal spoon combined the two concepts, merging an eating utensil with a functional writing tool. The spoon features a wide bowl and a narrow stem that ends in a decorative press-seal. This seal is used for sealing letters with hot wax, where the wax is poured over a letter to create a seal, and the end of the spoon is pressed into the wax to create a personal seal. This spoon seal top is embossed to feature the arms of Scotland, a rampant lion within a double-treasure glory and counter-glory. The spoon is also decorated with the Thistle of Scotland. The spoon is made from fine pewter. This Mary Queen of Scots Seal Top Spoon is supplied in a clear acetate box with a card that describes the seal top spoon.
- Made from lead-free pewter
- Features the seal of Mary Queen of Scots
- An Amazing Period Utensil
- Comes in a clear box with information card
- Makes a great gift or collectible