The finials on these spoons portray the twelve apostles and Christ.
The apostles can be identified by the emblems in their right hand.
These emblems are symbolic of their martydom or an important event in their lives.
However, the figures were not restricted to the apostles, and included other saints.
Although made in sets of thirteen, they were often sold individually to commemorate a childs baptism.
- Christ, giving a blessing with right hand and holding a cross in the left.
- St Peter, key or fish.
- St. Andrew, saltire cross.
- St. James the Greater, pilgrim's staff.
- St. John, chalice or cup.
- St. Philip, staff with a cross on the end.
- St. James the Lessor, fuller's bat or club.
- St. Thomas, spear.
- St. Bartholomew, butcher or flaying knife.
- St. Matthew, money bag or axe.
- St. Matthias, halberd.
- St. Jude, carpenters square or cross.
- St Simon, saw.
- St. Paul, sword.