I don't ever remember my mother or either of my grandmothers having relish spoons. I was thrilled when I found these beauties. The idea is that the juice falls through the dugouts in the spoon and it so it doesn't get your into the rest of your food. They are simply too pretty to use for only that, they look much better as a necklace. So the hunt is on, I'm hoping to fine many more of these!