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Welsh

History         

of
the


Lovespoon

O'R GORFFENNOL I'R DYFODOL

The Welsh lovespoon is a tradition that dates back centuries.  The earliest dated lovespoon (1667) is exhibited in the Welsh Folk Museum in Cardiff.

Originally, the carved spoon was a love token; young men would whittle a spoon as a sign of their love and affection, and hope that it would be accepted as a confirmation of courtship or even betrothal.  The lovespoons were crafted from a single piece of wood and incorporated numerous symbols that held different meanings; such as heart, diamond, chain links, cross and anchor.

Nowadays, love spoons are given as memorable gifts at weddings, anniversaries, birthdays, christening, or even bought purely as an extraordinary work of art. 

Lovespoon symbols

An example of a Celtic Knot in a Welsh lovespoon.
Celtic Knot

An unending, everlasting, eternal love.

Ball in cage example in a Welsh lovespoon.
Ball in cage

The safety of love encased and protected. Each ball can also represent children.

Symbolic flowers in a Welsh lovespoon.
Flower

Fruitfulness and growth within love. 

Carved wooden hearts in a Welsh lovespoon.
Heart

Pure love.

Wooden chains in a Welsh lovespoon.
Chain

A symbol of loyalty, faithfulness and pledged love.  Each link can also represent children. 

Hand carved dragons in a traditional Welsh lovespoon.
Dragon

A symbol of protection and strength. The heraldic emblem of Wales. 

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