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 spoon was crafted from a single piece of wood accompanying numerous symbols that held different meanings such as heart, diamond, chain links, cross, anchor.

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

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Celtic Knot

An unending, everlasting, eternal love.

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Ball in cage

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

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Flower

Fruitfulness and growth within love. 

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Heart

Pure love.

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Chain

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

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Dragon

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