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Souvenir spoon

Object Number: 
INV.13997
Date: 
1900-1930
Medium: 
Silver
Dimensions: 
Overall: 4 1/4 x 7/8 x 3/4 in. ( 10.8 x 2.2 x 1.9 cm )
Marks: 
in relief: on inside of bowl: "THE OLD / CAPE FLORIDA LIGHT" in relief: on on obverse of handle: "Miami Biscayne Bay Florida" in relief: on back of bowl: "OSCEOLA" in relief: on reverse of handle: "Seminole Soffkee[?] Spoon" stamped: on sides of handl
Description: 
Cast silver souvenir spoon with the old Cape Florida Light on inside of pointed oval bowl and profile bust of Osceola, Chief of the Seminoles, on the reverse; straight, narrow handle with angled end and relief inscriptions on obverse and reverse; stamped maker's mark on side of handle.
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