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Souvenir spoon

Object Number: 
1949.217
Date: 
ca. 1900
Medium: 
Silver
Dimensions: 
Overall: 4 x 3/4 x 1/2 in. ( 10.2 x 1.9 x 1.3 cm )
Marks: 
engraved: inside bowl: "West Point" stamped: on reverse: "STERL . . .", "[lion][anchor]G", and "16"
Description: 
silver souvenir spoon with fluted bowl (with wavy lines) with engraved inscription inside; narrow handle terminating in flared finial with ribbed design; stamped maker's mark 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.)
Credit Line: 
Gift of Dr. Thomas O. Mabbott
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.
Creative: Tronvig Group