EPNS Sterling Plate Apostle Butter Knife ILS - 747
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Silver Plate EPNS 5 1/2" long - fair shape - well used
Apostle spoons or butter knives (usually silver, silver-plated, or pewter) with an image of one of the 12 apostles as the termination of the handle were particularly popular in Pre-Reformation times when belief in the services of a patron saint was strong. They symbolize the Last Supper of Christ in the company of the Apostles. They were especially popular in England, but were also found in large numbers in Germany and France - originating in early 15c. in Europe they were intended for use at the table. By the 16c. they had become popular as baptismal presents for godchildren. Complete sets of apostle spoons and flatware are uncommon.