P.W. Ellis "Toboggan" and "Miss Canada" Sterling Souvenir Spoons
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These two, 5 3/4" long, approximately .7 T. oz. each, spoons were made by Toronto's P.W. Ellis & Co., with each stamped "Sterling" on the handle and back of the bowl, and with the firm's "E inside a maple leaf" emblem in adjoining places.
They bear several similarities including the date "1891" set in the center of the handle, with each number surrounded by twig or branch framing. The bowls are identical as well, with acid etched to a pale gold, matte surfaces, leaving bright, irregular, silver borders, and the word "Kingston" set in the centers. John A. MacDonald was a renowned Canadian Prime Minister who died in 1891 and is buried in Kingston, Ontario, so this is the likely reference.
The handle ends are distinct and are themselves constructions in silver.
One portrays a toboggan, replete with raised side rails and a silver rope that threads through to the backside.
The second image is a cast figure of a young woman with a superimposed maple leaf draped with a banner that reads "Miss Canada." She was a personified figure, daughter of also personified "Mrs. Britannia" and "Cousin Jonathan," who represented the United States and was Miss Canada's erstwhile, and apparently boorish, suitor. It is all quite a charming allegorical tale, portrayed here in silver.
Each piece is in mint condition. The pieces clearly have been preserved as the artifacts they are, and likely never served a utilitarian purpose.