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iconnumber posted 10-01-2006 10:01 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for bascall     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote

This is just a four inches long Los Angeles sterling silver souvenir spoon. I expect it dates from the late 1800's. The trademark looks like an "I" and a "U" in back to back acorns. Would anyone be familiar with the maker, or is there a string or a search that I should be using?

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iconnumber posted 10-02-2006 11:34 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Ulysses Dietz     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I thought it was familiar--it is the mark of the International Jewelry Worker's Union, which was chartered in 1900. Kevin Smead wrote about it in his essay in "The Glitter & The Gold: Fashioning America's Jewelry" (1997, The Newark Museum). I've never actually seen a piece marked like this before, so it's a great document. It also shows the ties between silver workers and jewelry workers--especially on small novelty items like this.

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iconnumber posted 10-02-2006 05:08 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for bascall     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Ulysses Dietz,

Thank you for looking into this identification question. It is an unusual mark to me, and I had a feeling it might be of interest to some others. It's not a great spoon, but the images don't do it justice either. The main thing with the images was to show the mark and give an idea of what the item looks like. The bowl is gilded, the twisted handle is nice and the miners donkey portion of the spoon is a separate attachment to the spoon that was nicely done. Again thank you!

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