October 23, 2012

Guess what I found while cleaning a spoon...

By Maya Chelmis

I feel like I don't emphasize enough how fascinated I am by all those antique spoons and cutlery. I can spend hours dreaming about what they were used for, by whom, how many decades or more ago, and where about in the world. I was just cleaning a big batch of very old, (very very) tarnished spoons this morning, and as I was rubbing the "black" off of one, a hand-carved name appeared on the back of the handle. It reads "Gladys Kirwin".
Imagine my excitement when I saw that!! 

I did some research and it looks like it was a quite common name; most of the Gladys Kirwins I found were located in the US (Texas, Nebraska, Massachusetts and Arkansas mostly) and were born between 1900 and 1920. There are quite a few in Queensland, Australia in the 40's and 50's and a lot more in England. 

Was is a little girl who wanted to make this spoon hers, so that her brothers and sisters wouldn't use it? In the 1920's? In Worcestershire, England? I can make up so many stories like that. I would be curious to read what your story would be?!