Georgian Silver Mote Spoonreference no 117-PH5802/28
Circa 1730 this Georgian silver mote spoon measures 130mm long. Before the tea strainer, when the brewed tea was poured into a cup there was often stray tea leaves floating around. A good hostess would have a mote spoon on hand to scoop out the rogue tea leaves. The pointed end would be used to clear the obstruction that the tea leaves often caused in the spout. Hence the term "mote".
The spoon often was used to scoop the fresh tea leaves from the caddy into the teapot, leaving the unwanted powdery dust behind.