My grandmother had a “spooner” on her kitchen table. I didn’t know it had a specific name – spooner. I just thought she put her spoons in this glass thing and left it on the table. As I grew older and learned more about antiques I discovered a “Spooner” had a purpose. It was just what she called it – a spoon holder. The knives and forks were kept in a drawer, but the spoons were kept in the spoon holder next to the sugar bowl that was left on the table. There wasn’t a centerpiece, just necessary items on the kitchen table.
Some spooners can be mistaken for large sugar bowls since they have handles on each side and are a similar shape. Spooners , however do not have lids. They were designed, as the name implies, to hold spoons.
Most spooners are older than the 1920’s. They are often identified as Early American Pattern Glass or pressed glass. Most glass spooners were produced with company patterns that were named. The names can be fanciful and descriptive, such as “Eyewinker”, which refers to orbs that look like winking eyes in the glass.