Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A spoon having on its handle, usually at the end, the figure of one of the apostles. A set of twelve of these spoons, or sometimes a smaller number, often formed a christening gift in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries. The old apostle-spoons which still exist are generally of silver gilt.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. (Antiq.) a spoon of silver, with the handle terminating in the figure of an apostle. One or more were offered by sponsors at baptism as a present to the godchild.
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