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Object Name: Souvenir spoon
Date: 1892-1895
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Medium: Silver
Dimensions: Overall: 5 5/8 x 1 1/4 x 7/8 in. ( 14.3 x 3.2 x 2.2 cm )
Place made: North America, United States, Providence
Description: silver souvenir spoon with plain oval bowl; handle finial in the form of a portrait bust of Robert Ingersoll with crossed torches, inscribed "REASON" and "LIBERTY," below base; stamped maker's mark on back of bowl.
Credit Line: Gift of Mr. Walston S. Brown
Object Number: 1987.4a
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Marks: in relief: on obverse of handle: "REASON" and "LIBERTY" stamped: on reverse of bowl: "OTTO WETTSTEIN / [lion][anchor]G / STERLING" stamped: on reverse of handle: "PAT. 1892"

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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.)