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ahwt

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iconnumber posted 02-05-2007 03:35 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for ahwt     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote



Above is a large spoon that I think could be used for salads and may have come originally with a fork. The mark appears to be for the Canadian division of Gorham. It is also marked sterling and PAT. 1901 on the top back side.

It is quite busy with decoration and symbols of various kinds. Does anyone know the name of this pattern or what the symbols mean?

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iconnumber posted 02-05-2007 03:38 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for wev     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I have moved this post to the proper forum

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ahwt

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iconnumber posted 02-05-2007 03:58 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for ahwt     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Thanks WEV.

I did a search on the internet with the words Gorham and Paris. This simply search turned up quite a few salad spoons and forks by Gorham and the pattern name is Paris.

No explanation of what all the figures and symbols means however.

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The woman shown is Ste. Genevieve, the patroness of Paris. Lore tells that during the raids of France by by Attila the Hun in the 5th century, Ste. Genevieve encouraged the residents to stay in the City of Paris and not flee to the countryside, to do penance and good deeds and that this would save the city, which it supposedly did. She is also supposed to have led a group of women into the countryside to beg for food, and returned with ships of grain.

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bascall

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Didn't read all of the earlier posting closely enough.

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iconnumber posted 02-05-2007 05:57 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for bascall     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Yes, looks like Paris which must be one of the multi motif patterns that was done at the time.

[This message has been edited by bascall (edited 02-05-2007).]

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ahwt

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iconnumber posted 02-05-2007 06:07 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for ahwt     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Thank you for the interesting information. There may have been interest in Canada because of their French connection. My wife found this spoon in Louisiana and of course they also have a French heritage.

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dragonflywink

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The building is the Cathedral of Notre Dame in Paris.

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ahwt

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iconnumber posted 02-05-2007 10:20 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for ahwt     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Thanks for information Dragonflywink. I should also add that Ste. Genevieve is the oldest town in Missouri. It is a lovely river town that was settled by the French in the mid 1730s.

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iconnumber posted 05-06-2007 02:57 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for jersey     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Hi awht!

Imagine my surprise when in tooling around looking for something else I came across this post. I also have this spoon! However my marks are spread across on the back below the decoration at the end of the bowl. Mine also has a gold wash in the bowl, and is 9 inches long. It came from a prominent family in N.J. via a friend of mine who passed away. It belonged to her friend who had passed & had received it as a wedding gift in the 30's passed down from her Grandmother. She had so many magnificent pieces I wish now I could have afforded all of them. I've had it for some time now. It is a Berry spoon. If you look to the left of the Saint you will see it says St. Genophra, and to the right Parisis +.

Hope you enjoy yours as much as I do mine.

Have a nice day!
Jersey

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ahwt

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iconnumber posted 05-07-2007 04:45 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for ahwt     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Jersey,

It is a great spoon for berries and it is even better with the stories that it tells.

The one I have has no evidence of ever having a gold wash. Maybe that was an optional feature. With the different placement of marks, your spoon may have been made in the U.S. and they may have used the gold wash as standard.

It is also great for spooning out trifle made with berries.

Art

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iconnumber posted 05-07-2007 04:54 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for jersey     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
HI again awht!

How about a generous scoop of mashed potatoes or whipped cream! Especially in my house with 4 big guys, one scoop is not enough!

Jersey

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