To avoid soup-encrustation, moustache spoons were invaluable. They were around at least as early as 1865, when the Scientific Journal recommended them thus:
‘When soup is taken, unless the eater thereof is dexterous and understands his business, he is apt to present an unenviable spectacle, and becomes a very undesirable addition to a small but select dinner party, hence this spoon.’ (http://thequackdoctor.com/index.php/10-victorian-products-for-movember/)
This gloriously dignified mustache spoon is a reminder that there was actually a time when a mustache was a symbol of honor and manhood. This incredible piece of craftsmanship has a perfectly placed, mustache-shaped cutout to protect a man's pride and joy from all sorts of offending soups, stews, and otherwise 'stache-staining dishes. They were made in left handed and right handed versions. This one is for lefties, and quite a bit rarer than right-handed versions.
"There is no worthier accomplishment for a man with a moustache than to take soup in an inoffensive manner and by no means should the moustache be used to strain the soup." Cornelia Dobbs’ 1908 "Guide to Manners"
I believe this heavy, solid spoon to be made of Britannia ware (a metal alloy comparable to pewter). It is 8” long with a slight bend to handle, making it easier for bowl to meet mouth. There are designs on backside, but no markings. Circa late 1800s-early 1900s with signs of use & wear.
Antique photo is not included, but is available in my second Etsy shop, Phunctum:
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LAYAWAY POLICY (available on orders over $300):
- Term of the layaway is 90 days.
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