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Who the first invented a spoon - there is no mention. Authentically only the fact that it has almost same respectable age, as well as the most ancient tool of the person - a knife. In prehistoric times as a spoon served the shell of large nuts. After a spoon began to do of a bone. Ancient Egyptians used bronze spoons, and Greeks preferred silver.

In Ancient Russia, in times when in Europe usually ate with hands, the wooden spoon was already quite habitual subject, it is mentioned in the chronicle “Story of Temporary Years“ (the 12th century). And the speech goes not only about wooden there, but also about silver spoons. Spoons, as well as knives, in old times usually carried at themselves. Spoke even: “The thrifty guest without spoon does not go“. Depending on size, a form, purposes of a spoon had different names. Let`s open V. I. Dahl`s dictionary:“ The spoon happens: mezheumok, simple Russian, wide; Butyrka, burlatsky, same, but is thicker and more rough; bosky, dolgovaty, square-tipped; polubosky, pokrugly that; big-nosed, sharp-nosed; thin, in general fine, pure finish“. The Russian wooden spoons were made of an aspen, a birch, a maple.

the Tablespoon from metal in that look what we it know now appeared in Europe approximately by 1760. Since then materials and quality of production of these devices are continuously improved. Did spoons of tin, gold, silver. To whom that on a pocket. In 1825 the German doctor E. Geytner opened factory in Saxony and began to let out tableware from an argentan (a copper alloy with nickel and zinc). It was material, beautiful, similar to silver. And rather cheap. Several years later across all Europe began to do tableware of an argentan which was called differently: German silver, alfenide, cupronickel... Today the name “melkhiorovy“ was assigned to devices from such material.

. Later they became destiny of a cheap public catering. Now the spoons from qualitative stainless steel polished with carefully thought over design, sometimes with gold finishing of some parts are most popular and practical.

Krom of soup, dessert and tea spoons in good laying can meet by

the device for second courses in the form of nippers.

By the Russian tradition salad is usually displayed by a big salad spoon. In Europe it is accepted to use for this purpose two big spoons, one of which usual, and another has several cuts for running off of surplus of oil, vinegar, lemon juice.

special big vegetables spoons and for sauce (when sauce is not served in a separate sauce-boat Are, and meat juice from roast is a dish component, for example). The sauce spoon is much deeper and larger than usual. It not to drip on a cloth.


during giving of borsch or Russian cabbage soup uses a deep spoon of the average size - so-called smetanny. She reminds a small ladle.

tweezers for salad - the same spoons, but connected among themselves by an elastic crossing point Sometimes move... In a word, the science about use of spoons is not so simple as a spoon.


In spite of the fact that history of creation of tableware contains centuries and seemingly already considered all subtleties of their use, inventions in this area proceed. For example, in France the special spoon for moustached with the smart device allowing to achieve is patented that “on moustaches did not flow, and got into a mouth“.

By the way. .

the spoons drilled in the center of a cherpatelny element occurred At ancient Romans. Why it became? Perhaps, something explains council from the ancient magazine how to avoid theft of silver teaspoons: to drill them in the middle. Such measure accustoms house to an order at the same time: these spoons suit for stirring of tea and catching of tea leaves, and here they will not allow to get the spoon into the general sugar bowl.

National signs and proverbs

the Spoon not the cat, will not scratch a mouth.

the spoon Fitted on a mouth and there is nothing to sup.

the Spoon forgotten on a table - to the guest.

the Spoon on the region of ware to knock - to quarrel.

Two teaspoons on one saucer - to a wedding.