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Souvenir spoon

Object Number: 
INV.14478
Date: 
ca. 1900
Medium: 
Silver, enamel
Dimensions: 
Overall: 4 x 3/4 x 5/8 in. ( 10.2 x 1.9 x 1.6 cm )
Marks: 
in relief: on inside of bowl: "1861 / 1865 / CSA" stamped: on back of bowl: "[lion][anchor]G / STERLING"
Description: 
silver souvenir spoon with pyramidal monument and Civil War dates on inside of bowl; wavy handle with scrolled edges and upturned tip with crossed Confederate(?) flags decorated with red and white enamel; pseudo-hallmark on reverse.
Gallery Label: 
In the 1890s and early years of the twentieth century thousands of souvenir spoons were made by dozens of United States manufacturers. Gorham, the largest manufacturer of sterling flatwares in the U.S. at the turn of the century, dominated the souvenir spoon market almost from the beginning. (See Charles H. Carpenter, Jr., "Gorham Silver, 1831-1981," pp. 180-199.)
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.
Creative: Tronvig Group