I broke a spoon rest and wished to replace. Bought a 'Swedish' rest on e-Bay that looks wondrous but (of course) is not hand painted, and the figures seem applied as decals. Could this be so ?

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Its quite likely that a company could have made a spoon rest to be more decorative than functional. McCoy did make spoon rests though...a couple of older ones and some in later years. Here are examples of McCoy spoon rests