This is the most typical spoon warmer. Christies (NYC) sold this Edwardian version by William Hutton & Sons, London, made 1904 in July 2002.
A Victorian invention and considered one of the essential “fancies” to every well-run household, the spoon warmer was once very popular. One of a variety of articles created for the demanding and expanding middle class. The amount of silver fancies one posessed was seen as a measure of social status and the status conscious were eager to display their new found wealth. There could never be too many objects as dining rooms were meant to impress. So many glistening objects piled up on sideboards and dining tables, their legs must have quivered under the weight of it all.