engraved on reverse of blade, length 10 3/8 inches, monogrammed with Old English style "F" (?), excellent condition, weight 2.62 Troy ounces.
souvenir spoon "Electric Tower," 5 3/8 inches long, no monogram, may have some extremely minor edge loss to enamel (see photo of bowl at 9 o'clock position) but fine overall condition. Marked "American Souvenir Co./ *s* / Sterling Pat. / Buffalo, NY."
length 6 inches, weight .89 oz. Troy, no monogram, fine condition. For those whose knowledge of U.S. history is not encyclopedic, Hamlin was Vice President during Lincoln's first term, Governor of Maine, and held a host of other illustrious positions.
length 5 1/2 inches, weight .64 oz Troy, excellent condition, no monogram, mark of Watson-Newell corporation. Aside from the obvious skill and detail with which the face was rendered, what lifts this spoon into the realm of above average is the applied wirework decoration, "Chicago..."
Gorham souvenir spoons have been described as miniature sculptures, and these are fine examples. Each one was designed by a New Orleans silversmithy, and cast at the Gorham factory. From top to bottom (see photo): demi with gilt bowl, five-o-clock spoon, round bowl Jackson Square (SOLD), all by A.B. Griswold & Co; sugar shell with gilt engraved bowl (rare) by A.M. Hill; teaspoon A.B. Griswold(SOLD); citrus by A.M. Hill.
engraved "Kansas City" in bowl, length 5 7/8 inches, weight 1.30 Troy ounces, excellent condition.
Place pieces are much rarer than servers in this grand old Durgin pattern whose name is a subject of some disagreement, which leads me to believe that not many were produced.
length 5 3/4 inches, no monogram, gilt bowl, weight .71 oz. Troy, excellent condition, two available. Since this is the spoon which launched the souvenir spoon collecting craze back in 1890, we think it an excellent starting point for your present day collection.
acid etched in bowl, length 5 5/8 inches, no monogram, excellent condition.
Shepard Mfg. Corporation, length 5 1/2 inches, fine condition, no monogram.
length 4 7/8", excellent condition, monogrammed "L.S.K. / Sept 15 on '91" on reverse of bowl, weight .58 oz. Troy.
This is an especially fine example of Gorham's casting work. The other items pictured above are sold.
length 6 inches, monogrammed reverse "MRC / KC" in period script. There is a tiny drop of hard solder to the left of the word "PENINSULAM," (please see fourth photo) done we suspect in the making, but aside from this the condition is excellent.
length 5 3/4 inches, weight 1.07 Troy ounces, no monogram, excellent condition, retailed by Harris and Shafer. The high-relief rendering of Capitol building in bowl lends this spoon an added sculptural quality.
souvenir spoon, retailed and designed by Bailey Banks & Biddle, length 5 inches, monogrammed on reverse of bowl "B / 1892", very good condition.
length 5 3/8 inches, no monogram, exemplary original condition, weight 1.00 oz. Troy. For those who might not be familiar with the design and production of these small sculptures cast in silver, we would commend to you the excellent chapter on same in Carpenter's "Gorham Silver".
Most every culture has a version of, well, corn meal mush. In Italy, it's polenta. Among the Native American tribes of Florida, sofkee would be the name, and this spoon designed by Greenleaf and Crosby circa 1900 is supposedly a scale model of such a porridge-making utensil. Length 5 3/8 inches, no monogram, excellent condition, weight .79 oz Troy.
retailed and presumably designed by F.E. Ladd, length 5 1/2 inches, weight .8 oz. Troy, elaborate shaded script monogram, fine condition. A spoon which not so very long ago commonly sold for upward of two hundred dollars, at auction. Take advantage of the slight slowdown in the antiques market, while it lasts, to get this item at an advantageous price...
length 5 1/4+ inches, excellent condition, no monogram. A splendid gift for your Keuka grad or alum, made by the Shepard Mfg. Corporation of Melrose, Massachusetts circa 1895.
length 5 7/8 inches, some slight wear to Sophia's nose but fine overall condition, retailed and designed by the late lamented Frank E. Davis company. Northampton, The Meadow City-- who knew??