Gorham General Israel Putnam Sterling Souvenir Spoon
General Israel Putnam was a fabled Revolutionary War figure whose name and exploits were well known in the late 19th century, the period of this piece. The specific subject of this 5 1/2" long teaspoon was his encounter with a marauding she wolf in the northeastern Connecticut town of Pomfret. The neighboring town of Putnam is named for him. The full story of this spoon and its historical references is recorded in Anton Hardt's "Souvenir Spoons of the 90's" which is comprised of facsimile pages from "The Jewelers Circular" and "The James Catalogue" of 1891. See image 2 for duplicates of the pages referencing this spoon. It was made by Gorham and derived from that company's St. Cloud pattern, which is the design that appears on the backside. This also has a gold washed bowl. The piece is in mint condition and without a monogram or removal. Marks are lion, anchor, G, Sterling, and Pat. 1885.