From the 1730s to the 1770s British teaspoons (and occasionally tablespoons and dessert spoons) were often decorated with shells, scrolls and pictures; some were purely ornamental, and others carried political messages.
An article for the site on this subject, illustrated with photos, would be an extremely interesting and educational resource. If you have any clear examples, I would be grateful if you could post a photo in this thread along with, if you know it, the maker's name and the date (in the case of tablespoons). If you have a less worn example than an existing photo, please post it.
Thankyou for any additions,
Vase of flowers
Basket of flowers by Thomas Devonshire and William Watkins
Shell and Scroll by Richard Bindy