Setting the table has changed throughout history. In Colonial America, one was expected to bring their own fork when invited to dinner or to eat at a tavern while traveling. Specialized containers like this one became popular much later. This ruby cut glass jar was used only to hold spoons and is called a “Spooner.” It is a Plume and Block piece and was made at the Richard’s & Hartley Glass Company in Tarentum, Pa. Later this company merged and became the United States Glass Company. Janice Thompson donated it to the museum. She was a founding member of the Botetourt County History Museum and the Botetourt County Daughters of the American Revolution. It is displayed in a lighted cabinet in the museum parlor.