Do you know Beatrix Potter's story, The Tale of Samuel Whiskers? [originally published as The Roly Poly Pudding] It's all about a pair of rats who try and put poor Tom Kitten into a pud.
I remembered the story when I found some rat-tail serving spoons in a Charity Shop
The rat-tail cutlery pattern has been around since 1700. It is an elegant, classic shape, and I liked the shape of the bowl. I needed a couple of new serving spoons, but these were in a bundle of 5 for a quid. They were filthy.
But Brasso and elbow grease revealed their true beauty.
Cleaning the spoons revealed that each was hall-marked. They are silver! Furthermore , on the back of the handle, each spoon was engraved with a monogram - SA.
I do hope these haven't been nicked from the Salvation Army!
But I only wanted two spoons. So I thought I should give the other three to Steph, for her new home. Her initials are SA after all. Don't they look lovely?
Steph loves them. She suggested that the two I have kept do not say SA, but rather AS, standing for Angela's Spoon!