Spoon : History of Everyday Objects

In simpler and arguably stranger times, people used snail shells to scoop food into their mouth. Thus, a ‘spoon’ was called ‘cochlea’ in certain ancient civilizations. While the precise origins of the spoon are unknown, scholars believe that these devices were used as far back as 1000 BC. Of course, they looked very different back then.

Spoons used to be made of wood, slate and craftsmen used decadent materials including ivory to make them more decorative. In ancient times, spoons were made for ritualistic and ornamental purposes. This implies that they were made for the elite, and also that they were highly decorative in nature, unlike our household stainless steel spoons. The Egyptian spoons often had hieroglyphs on them, while the Romans and Greeks used bronze and silver to fashion theirs

Towards the end of the Medieval era, the human race finally started to make spoons of wood and metal. Of course, they served as signs of status for the rich and aristocratic. In fact, at one point, spoons became an acceptable christening gift. The Apostle spoons were either made of precious metals (gold and silver) or brass and copper, depending on status. As the name suggested, the spoon bore a likeness of the apostles and signified Christ’s last supper with the apostles. 

Stainless steel spoons came about around the late 20th century. With the widespread use and mass production of this device, it became crucial to find an affordable medium, and steel was the answer.

BYOC : The Bring Your Own Cutlery movement is taking over the world, one spoon at a time. People now recommend that you bring your own spoons and forks to parties. The purpose, to save money and the environment.


There is a certain smooth comfort in the act of scooping one’s food. The spoon from an energy and healing perspective is an extension of our mouth. Yes, our mouth not our hands. Let me explain – the hollow shape and form mimics our oral cavity. And in placing the spoon in our mouths we are activating satiation. So, next time you eat with a spoon be more aware and more grateful for this tool. Also, ask yourself why you prefer a spoon over a fork, or vica versa.