Souvenir spoon

Object Number: 
1949.215
Date: 
ca. 1896
Medium: 
Silver, gilding
Dimensions: 
Overall: 4 7/8 x 1 x 3/4 in. ( 12.4 x 2.5 x 1.9 cm )
Marks: 
intaglio: inside bowl: "SAN MIGUEL / CHURCH / SANTA FE / N. M. / ERECTED / 1580" stamped: on reverse: "PAT / 1896"/ [lion][anchor]G STERLING"
Description: 
silver souvenir spoon with image of San Miguel Church in Santa Fe, New Mexico, engraved within cartouche on inside of gilded bowl; flower and scroll motifs on handle.
Gallery Label: 
In the 1890s and early years of the twentieth century thousands of souvenir spoons were made by dozens of United States manufacturers. Gorham, the largest manufacturer of sterling flatwares in the U.S. at the turn of the century, dominated the souvenir spoon market almost from the beginning. (See Charles H. Carpenter, Jr., "Gorham Silver, 1831-1981," pp. 180-199.)
Credit Line: 
Gift of Dr. Thomas O. Mabbott
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.
Creative: Tronvig Group