The “humble” spoon is the oldest object in the collection, and the oldest surviving English royal goldsmith’s work.
Dating back to the 12th century, it is described as the “one real great survivor” of the medieval regalia.
“Interestingly, like St Edward’s Staff, we don’t know its original purpose,” admitted Ms Jones.
“It was listed among the regalia in 1349 but stylistically it dates earlier than that and may have been supplied to either Henry II or Richard I.”
Clearly never intended for eating or stirring, its divided bowl and its length suggest that it had a ceremonial purpose, and its presence among the regalia means that it has always been associated with coronations.
The oil is poured from the Ampulla into the bowl of the spoon before the Archbishop dips in two fingers.
“When the symbolic melt of all the crown jewels took place, the spoon was actually sold because nobody quite understood its purpose,” added Ms Jones.
Clement Kynnersley, who looked after Charles I’s wardrobe, bought it for 16 shillings. When Charles II was restored to the throne, he gave it back, allegedly at a “small profit”.
During the investiture, the King will be presented with various symbolic objects that represent his powers and responsibilities.