Chicago 1893 Columbain Exposition "Isabella" Sterling Souvenir Spoon
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Produced by the "Columbian Souvenir Manufacturing Company," as indicated by the "CS" emblem imprinted on backside, this spoon measures 5 11/16" long and weighs just under .7 T. oz. Other marks include "Sterling" and "Pat. 1893."
A literally monumental event, this exposition generated a seemingly endless array of souvenir items such as this piece. It features the two significant figures associated with this event, namely the Spanish queen "Isabella," and "Columbus" himself.
A standing Isabella is portrayed on the front of the handle. She is garbed in a long dress, with her shoulders draped with a royal robe. A crown adorns her head and two crosses hang from her waistband. She is holding a small chest of jewels in her hands, presumably a symbol of the financing she provided for Columbus' voyage. The name "Isabella" is set in the lower portion of handle.
The backside of the handle portrays a bust of Columbus at the end, with a (royal) banner below this, then "1892," and finally a cluster of oak leaves.
The bowl shows a die cut representation of the "Administration Building," embellished with the words "World's Columbian Exposition 1893."
As a commemorative item, this appears not surprisingly never to have been used. It is in original condition, retaining all the precise detail with which it was made, and the finish is bright and even.