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Souvenir spoon

Object Number: 
1987.4c
Date: 
1892 - 1894
Medium: 
Silver
Dimensions: 
Overall: 5 5/8 x 1 1/4 x 1 1/8 in. ( 14.3 x 3.2 x 2.9 cm )
Marks: 
engraved: inside bowl: "K.G.J.B." in relief: on obverse of handle: "REASON" and "LIBERTY" stamped: on reverse of bowl: "OTTO WETTSTEIN / [lion][anchor]G / STERLING" engraved: on reverse of bowl: "Aug. 7, 1894" stamped: on reverse of handle: "PAT. 1892
Description: 
silver souvenir spoon with engraved initials inside gilded oval bowl; handle finial in the form of a portrait bust of Robert Ingersoll with crossed torches, inscribed "REASON" and "LIBERTY," below base; stamped maker's mark on back of bowl.
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.)
Credit Line: 
Gift of Mr. Walston S. Brown
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.
Creative: Tronvig Group