Do I get to pick my piece of cutlery ?
In general, I will select the very best spoon/fork/butter knife for you, according to the designs I have available. Most antique spoons have floral designs, but I also collect some with simpler, cleaner designs. If you have a preference (ie. if the spoon is for a man or if you would like a plainer design), simply note the details in the message box upon ordering and I will take it into consideration. On the special items page, I have photographed and listed lots of pieces of cutlery (and more), which you can choose individually (the piece you see on the picture is the piece you will receive).
What is the approximate size of the various pieces of cutlery ?
- espresso spoon : 11-12 cm long / 4.3-7.2 inches
- tea spoon: 13-15 cm long / 5.12-5.9 inches
- soup spoon :18-20 cm long / 7.1-7.9 inches
- serving spoon : 21-23 cm long / 8.3-9 inches
- cake fork : 15-17 cm long / 5.9-6.7 inches
- dinner fork : 18-20 cm long / 7.1-7.9 inches
butter knife : 15-17 cm long / 5.9-6.7 inches
The special items vary in size.
How long will it take for my order to be ready ?
This depends on the size of your order. Once your order is placed, I typically need about 4 - 5 days to design and ship your piece (this will take a bit longer for large, bulk orders). Delivery times are approximately (from Switzerland):
- 1-2 business days for Switzerland
- 3-5 business days for Europe
- 3-7 business days for US + Canada (can be more if stopped by customs)
- 6-8 days for International (can be more if stopped by customs)
Urgent/same day orders are possible, just email me to make sure I am at my workshop that day and can quickly fulfill your order.
I use Paypal as a payment method. You do not need to have a Paypal account, you can simply pay with a credit card (or your Paypal account if you have one). If you prefer making a bank transfer, please contact me and I will be happy to send you my Iban number and details. Transfers within Switzerland are free and very fast.
Where do the spoons, cutlery and silverware come from ?
The Loving Spoon silverware come from all over the world. A lot are sourced in Canada and the US, and many other pieces are found all over Europe (Switzerland, Greece, Germany, etc mainly) when I travel. Now that I live in Switzerland, I am a regular in flea markets and brockis (thrift stores) around the country!
I discover the items in antique stores, at flea markets, at auctions and more. Some of the sets even find me in their own mysterious ways. These, often forgotten, vintage treasures have dates of origin anywhere from the late 1800s to the 1970s. They each have their own special stories to tell.
Can I use/eat with my piece of cutlery/silver?
Of course! That's the beauty of it. It's a beautiful personalized gift and functional at the same time. I recommend that you HAND WASH it. Also, your piece of silver cutlery might tarnish with time; if this is the case, just rub it with some special silver product, or if you don't have any handy, baking soda can do the job. Just mix some baking soda with water and rub your piece of cutlery with it.
Can you customize a piece of cutlery that I already own?
Definitely! Just email me to discuss your idea and for an estimate.
Where else can I buy items from The Loving Spoon?
If you are not an online buyer or would like the to see the spoons for yourself, not a problem! The Loving Spoon's spoons and other cutlery are available in the following stores: