In the 1930s some tea brands provided a free apostle spoon with each box of tea. These spoons were so common they are the modern equivalent of a plastic spoon today. They were used for everything and often dropped or lost without too much concern. Apostle spoons have been around for some centuries, and usually produced in set of 13, one for each apostle and one for Jesus. The handles of the spoon are distinguished from each other by a respective image. For example Saint Jude holds a carpenters set square, Saint Thomas a spar, Saint Phillip a knife.
The spoons given away with the tea were cheap metal, but gift sets of some quality were given as christening presents, or to godchildren. The more expensive sets had a variety of cutlery items including jam spoons, butter knives and the like.