Arts & Crafts Silver 'Tree of Life' Caddy Spoon

Henry George Murphy, London 1934
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A rare early 20th century silver Caddy Spoon in the Arts & Crafts style with hammered oval bowl, the pierced diamond shaped handle depicting the “Tree of Life” with shield shaped cartouche at its base. The tree complete with rose buds and thorns.

By H G Murphy, London, 1934, with Falcon Studio mark.

The concept of a tree of life as a many-branched tree illustrating the idea that all life on earth is related has been used in science, religion, philosophy, mythology, and other areas. A tree of life is variously;

1. a motif in various world theologies, mythologies, and philosophies;
2. a metaphor for the livelihood of the spirit.
3. a mystical concept alluding to the interconnectedness of all life on our planet; and
4. a metaphor for common descent in the evolutionary sense.

According to the Encyclopedia Britannica, the tree of knowledge, connecting to heaven and the underworld, and the tree of life, connecting all forms of creation, are both forms of the world tree or cosmic tree. According to some scholars, the tree of life and the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, portrayed in various religions and philosophies, are the same tree.


In good condition with no damage or repair
97 mm (3.82 inches)
37 mm (1.46 inches)
27.50 Grams (0.88 troy ounces)
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