Lovespoon Sugartongs

Lovespoon Sugartongs

These wonderful little sugar tongs are often thought of as lovespoons, but are in fact thank you gifts from the striking workers at the various quarries ,hence they are always addressed to a miss or mrs rather than a first name or initials. They are made of either Sycamore or Boxwood and between 3 and 7 inches in length

The tongs shown were a gift to miss Davies and were given in 1909. The strike was at the Oakley quarry in Blaenau Ffestiniog and was over the fact they were laying men off and closing the quarry.

These gifts were made by the striking quarry workers and given as a token of thanks to those who donated weekly to the strike fund.

The other item associated with the striking quarrymen was a cardboard notice with the words NID OES  BRADWR YN Y TU HWN (There is no traitor in this house) and the card was displayed in the window of the house.

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