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bascall

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iconnumber posted 03-28-2009 09:57 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for bascall     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
This spoon seemed interesting and maybe worth letting others have a look at it. For myself, it was a surprise to see the Dupont trademark on the back of the handle. The spoon's bowl is badly worn and has a little damage which makes it look like this was someones favorite for a time.

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dragonflywink

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iconnumber posted 03-28-2009 07:18 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for dragonflywink     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Can't say that I recall seeing that Tiffany souvenir spoon before - very interesting. There were a number of very nice spoons produced for commercial enterprises (assuming this one is for Dupont's rifle powder), will check my references when I can, but suspect that it had a limited production. One of my wish-list spoons is a Sherwin-Williams piece with a full-figural chameleon handle, have only run across it once in the last thirty years (aside from the book illustration).

~Cheryl

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Paul Lemieux

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iconnumber posted 03-28-2009 07:25 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Paul Lemieux     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
There were DuPont shooting tournaments in the late 19C and early 20C (not sure of the exact dates). Have seen several stickpins with a hunting dog design and the DuPont logo on the back. These were seemingly prizes at or souvenirs of the tournaments. Perhaps the spoon is another type of prize. Have never seen a Tiffany sterling example, suspect it is quite rare. Is it inscribed at all? What is its size?

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DuPont was founded in 1802 as a gunpowder mill. By the mid-19C, it was the largest supplier of gunpowder to the U.S. military. The company's association with the military and guns probably explains why it sponsored gun tournaments.

An example of another DuPont silver item:

Your spoon may have been an award for a tourney, or just some kind of commemorative piece, but in any case, DuPont gun-related collectibles have a devoted following and are quite sought-after.

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bascall

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iconnumber posted 03-29-2009 08:14 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for bascall     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Cheryl and Paul thank you for your comments which got me on the trail of this spoon quite nicely. Here is the definitive link for it:


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Scott Martin
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iconnumber posted 03-29-2009 12:20 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Scott Martin     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
This might be of interest for those of you who enjoy old patents. Here are links to 5 old skeet trap devices (click here) in the US Patent Office.

Also the Du Pont Fish & Game Association

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bascall

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iconnumber posted 03-29-2009 01:52 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for bascall     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Thanks for the nice rework on the link Scott.

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jersey

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iconnumber posted 03-29-2009 09:37 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for jersey     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Hi Paul!

Where can I find that dog?

Bascall!

Great work!

Jersey

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Paul Lemieux

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iconnumber posted 03-29-2009 10:40 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Paul Lemieux     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Jersey,

The stickpin I just found by searching on Google images. They come up on eBay from time to time as well.

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dragonflywink

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iconnumber posted 03-30-2009 05:56 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for dragonflywink     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Nice find, bascall. Still unable to check my books, but can't recall seeing it (and no need to look now), happy to have this ad for my files - thank you!

~Cheryl

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bascall

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iconnumber posted 03-30-2009 07:27 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for bascall     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Jersey and Cheryl, thank you both. There's more information available about Du Pont Gun Clubs and trophies, but this is the only thing that I've come across thus far that specifically talks about this particular spoon.

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