The History of the Lovespoon

Lovespoons are a historic form of artwork that have an uncertain history. The oldest surviving Welsh lovespoon dates back to 1667; however the art form is known to have been practised in Wales earlier than this.

Lovespoons have deep symbolic meaning and were originally carved by men as a token of their affection for a romantic interest. The intricacy of a spoon would depict the skill of its carver to the one receiving the spoon. Over time, the meaning of presenting somebody with a lovespoon has evolved and it has even become common for people to have a collection of lovespoons gathered from many occasions in life; be it a wedding, birthday or the arrival of a newborn.


ANGEL - Protection

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135, 136 & 136A

ANCHOR - Steadfast love/A wish to settle down

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51

BALL IN CAGE - Love held safe or number of children

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5, 10, 30, 45, 45M, 103 & 109

BELL - Wedding & Anniversary

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24, 95 & 138

BIRDS - Love/"Let's fly away together"

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2, 57 & 134

CELTIC KNOTWORK - Eternal love/Everlasting

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32, 34, 72, 73, 79, 101, 104, 119, 120, 121, 122, 123, 124, 125, 127, 130, 137, CWG, CWI & CWJ
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6, 10, 14, 16, 30, 44, 45, 45M, 47, 49, 50, 58 & 130

COMMA SHAPES - Soul signs

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55 & CWJ

CROSS - Faith/A wish for God's blessing

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7, 48, 73, 75, 79, 105, 118, 122 & 137

DAFFODIL - Symbol of Wales/Affection

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CWC & CWD

DIAMOND - Wealth & prosperity

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34, 37, 48, 51, 55, 77, 96, 109, CWE, CWI & CWJ

DOUBLE BOWL - Togetherness

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29

DOVE - Peace

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2, 57 & 134

DRAGON - Strength/Symbol of Wales

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60, 60A & 82

FLOWERS - Affection

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136, CWC & CWD

HEART - Love

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All lovespoons in our shop contain hearts except for 79 & CWD

HEART SHAPED BOWL - Full & bountiful life

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Currrently there are no lovespoons available featuring this symbol

HORSESHOE - God's Favour/Good luck

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2, 9, 24, 29, 37, 41, 44, 50, 77, 78, 95, 96, 104, 106, 111 & CWA

KEY & KEYHOLE - Home & security/"My home is your home"

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6, 9 & CWG

STORK - Congratulations of for a newborn child or a child due to arrive

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1

TWISTED STEM - Togetherness/Two lives become as one

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22, 58, 131 & 137

WHEEL - Work/I'll work for you

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Currrently there are no lovespoons available featuring this symbol