E. Cobham Brewer 18101897. Dictionary of Phrase and Fable. 1898.
Spoons formerly given at christenings; so called because one of the apostles figured at the top of the handle. Sometimes twelve spoons, representing the twelve apostles; sometimes four, representing the four evangelists; and sometimes only one, was presented. Sometimes, but very rarely, a set occurs containing in addition the Master Spoon and the Lady Spoon. We still give at christenings a silver spoon, though the apostolic handle is no longer retained.