Symbols & Meanings - Each Symbol has a different Meaning

There has been much debate on the significance of the different symbols and motifs used in the carving of love spoons. Many of the young carvers were shy and unwilling to show their emotions, and this would attempt to convey their true feelings through the use of various symbols. Over the centuries, many more symbols and motifs have been added and as the love spoons became more elaborate and decorative, they have become collectables. [1]

Welsh Lovespoon Symbols - Bell BELL Weddings or Anniversaries or Together in Harmony.
Welsh Lovespoon Symbols - Ball in Cage BALL IN CAGE Love held safe or the number of children one wishes to have.
Welsh Lovespoon Symbols - Birds BIRDS Love birds or Lets go away together. Stork represents a new birth.
Welsh Lovespoon Symbols - Chain CHAIN Signifies loyalty and faithfulness. A wish to be together forever. Can also signify the number of children one wishes.
Welsh Lovespoon Symbols - Cross CROSS A wish to have faith in Jesus Christ or a wish for God to bless.
Welsh Lovespoon Symbols - Diamond DIAMOND Wealth or Good fortune.
Welsh Lovespoon Symbols - Heart HEART This is one of the most common patterns. One heart signifies that the girl/boy has taken hold of the young man/woman's heart, and two hearts on the same spoon means that love is reciprocated.
Welsh Lovespoon Symbols - Horseshoe HORSESHOE A symbol of Good luck and Good fortune.
Welsh Lovespoon Symbols - Key/keyhole KEY/ KEYHOLE Security or I shall look after you. The partner holds the key to his/her heart or home.
Welsh Lovespoon Symbols - Celtic Knot KNOT / CELTIC KNOTWORK Eternal love or Together forever or Everlasting.
Welsh Lovespoon Symbols - Lock LOCK Security or, I shall look after you
Welsh Lovespoon Symbols - Twisted Stem TWISTED STEM Two live become as one, or, Togetherness.
Welsh Lovespoon Symbols - Welsh Dragon DRAGON Protection or Symbol of Wales.
    Source of list [2], [3]
  1. Breese, Gwyndaf. (2006). Traditional Spooncarving in Wales. pp. 64.
  2. Curtis, Paul. The Welsh lovespoon Tradition. pp. 18.
  3. Meek, Elin. (2003). Llwyau Caru - Lovespoons. pp. 13-20.

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