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Feldenheimer "Oregon Webfoot Frog" Sterling Silver Citrus Spoon

Feldenheimer "Oregon Webfoot Frog" Sterling Silver Citrus Spoon
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Marked "A. Feldenheimer" and "Sterling," this piece traces to the Portland, Oregon firm that held the patents for a number of souvenir designs (Dorothy Rainwater, Encyclopedia of American Silver Flatware).

Additional sources indicate that their primary suppliers for Feldenheimer were actually Gorham and Durgin, with this 5 15/16" long, just over .8 T. oz. (26 grams), grapefruit or orange spoon a case in point. Indicators including the shape of the bowl in particular strongly suggest the work on this is Durgin's.

A souvenir of Oregon, the imagery includes the state seal, grape leaves and fruit, a salmon, and the name of the state, all crisply rendered on the handle front as if chiseled. The backside is plain save for the marks and an inscribed date of "7-5-1901."

The bowl is gold washed and charmingly engraved with a finely rendered frog holding an umbrella, with the word "webfoot" above it and "Portland" below. "Webfoot" is a whimsical figure associated with the American Northwest and its heavy rainfall.

In flawless condition, this is without any wear or damage and has a bright finish.

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