Unusual Watson "Mississippi" Sterling Souvenir Spoon
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Made by Watson, whose pennant emblem and the word "Sterling" appears on the backside, this spoon measures 5 13/16" long and is weighty at just over 1.0 T. oz.
A "Mississippi" souvenir piece, it is replete with iconography. Images include an eagle with shield, "Jeff Davis/Old Home," the "State Capitol," "Shirley House," and the "Surrender Monument," and corn stalks.
It also has an unusual bowl surface. In addition to a gold wash surface front and back, it shows a colored portraiture of a magnolia (?) branch, leaves, and blossoms. The technique is neither enamel or engraving which were common methods of adding design. To be sure, the portraiture is worn, but it stands apart from other souvenir spoons. In this case, the bowl is also engraved "Greenwood" in block lettering below the upper edge.
Apart from the wear in the bowl, the condition is mint. Watson was capable of very fine die work and that shows in this piece. All the original detail remains crisp and well-defined. The bowl is free of dents, burrs, or nicks.