Tea Time Tuesday! Today, I shared my mote spoons with my Tasha Tudor group. I like to do my blog post on the same subject. A mote spoon is a spoon used to remove the tea leaves in a teacup. Most of the spoons are slotted for that reason. Mote means speck and so the spoons were used to remove the little specks of tea. They were replaced by tea strainers. Mine are all sterling silver.
This was my first mote spoon. Jimmy brought it back to me from Illinois and it's my favorite.
It has tiny star shaped holes stamped into the silver.
The bottom of the spoons have little arrow shapes and were used to remove the tea leaves that may get caught in the teapot spouts.
Often these spoons are confused with olive forks. I had an antique dealer try to convince me that her mote spoon was an olive spoon.