Souvenir spoon

Object Number: 
1949.199
Date: 
1891-1910
Medium: 
Silver
Dimensions: 
Overall: 4 x 7/8 x 5/8 in. ( 10.2 x 2.2 x 1.6 cm )
Marks: 
in relief: on obverse of handle: "1861" stamped: on reverse of handle: "STERLING / PAT. MAR. 31, 91"
Description: 
Cast silver souvenir spoon with view of Garfield Memorial with dome of the capitol building in Charleston, South Carolina, in the distance inside bowl; handle cast in the form of a cannon with scenes of Mount Vernon and Arlington (home of Robert E. Lee) on obverse.
Gallery Label: 
This spoon is said to represent the cannon that fired the first shot at Fort Sumter, Charleston, South Carolina, on April 12, 1861. (See "American Spoons" by Dorothy T. Rainwater and Penna H. Felger, pp. 38-39.)
Credit Line: 
Gift of Dr. Thomas O. Mabbott
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.
Creative: Tronvig Group