It was customary, between the seventeenth and nineteenth centuries in Wales, for a man who was courting a woman to carve a wooden love spoon for her. Early examples, dating from the eighteenth century, were copies of the metal spoons used by the wealthy landowners.
As the tradition evolved, young men carved ever more elaborate designs into the spoon handles. The intricacy of the designs demonstrated not only the skill of the carver but also the strength of his love. As with many customs the original utilitarian use has been superseded, until today love spoons serve a purely decorative purpose
This love spoon is one of a number given to the Royal Institution of South Wales (Swansea Museum) by Colonel William E. Ll. Morgan.