A Welsh lovespoon

wales lovespoon

   

A lovespoon is a wooden spoon, often very complex, carved from a single piece of wood by a young man and presented to his sweetheart as a token of his affection. Although the earliest surviving one dates from 1667, the custom was widespread in Wales before that date.

The spoon may be plain or intricately decorated with various symbols - birds, hearts, wheels, balls - each representing good luck, the blessing of children, wealth, health, etc.

The custom of young men carving lovespoons has, perhaps understandably, died out, but they are today a popular souvenir of Wales. 

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