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wessex96

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iconnumber posted 10-09-2009 08:20 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for wessex96     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
[26-1910]

I wonder if anyone can help with any information about this souvenir spoon belonging to a friend of mine.
It is 4 3/4 inches long with a small extended 'point' to the end of the bowl. (Does this mean the spoon has a special purpose?)


Also, does anybody recognise the maker of the spoon or the event commemorated?


Thanks.


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dragonflywink

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iconnumber posted 10-09-2009 07:25 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for dragonflywink     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
That mark has been attributed to Gebelein of Boston, used on souvenir spoons. Can't recall seeing that design before and didn't find it in half dozen souvenir spoon books (have a few others, but they must be tucked into another box). Even looked through some 1920s-30s Gebelein ads, but believe that the spoon most likely dates from earlier in the 20th century. Very nice design, especially like the way the steamship fits the shape of the bowl, suspect it might be a generic maritime themed spoon, ready for engraved personalization. Hard to get a clear impression from the angle of the pic, but would guess it was intended as a small cream or mayonnaise ladle.

~Cheryl

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wessex96

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iconnumber posted 10-13-2009 09:15 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for wessex96     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Thanks Cheryl for your informative reply.
I had looked in Rainwater and Fuller at the entry for Gebelein but had not realised that they also used a mark that was a little different from that shown in the book.
Thanks again for your help.
Ian

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Paul Lemieux

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iconnumber posted 10-27-2009 03:02 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Paul Lemieux     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Doesn't really look like something Gebelein would have made. I wonder if they retailed it, and it was made for them exclusively by Durgin (Concord, NH). Have seen that PAT APL'D FOR mark on numerous Durgin souvenirs.

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dragonflywink

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iconnumber posted 10-28-2009 02:09 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for dragonflywink     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I've only run across that mark on souvenir spoons a very few times over the years and can't recall the designs, other than being typical of late 19th-early 20th century pieces. Rainwater shows the G-in-diamond mark as being on a 1904 Louisiana Purchase Exposition souvenir, but have always wondered about the attribution, since Gebelein apparently didn't open his shop until 1909, though he was making, exhibiting and selling silver on his own a bit earlier, but a die-stamped souvenir spoon isn't really what I'd expect of early Gebelein either.

Not sure that I'd be comfortable attributing this spoon to Durgin based on the "PAT.APL'D FOR" stamp, have also seen the same form of abbreviation on souvenir spoons by Frank M. Whiting and on several without any manufacturer's trademark, all nicely designed pieces. Have also seen it on silver by other manufacturers as well.

~Cheryl

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agleopar

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iconnumber posted 10-29-2009 07:52 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for agleopar     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I to doubt this is conected with Gebelein, I worked for Herbert Gebelein in the last Boston store for a year or so and never saw any marking punch like this. There were the usual - full name, Boston and sterling that were used in the repair shop in Sommerville when something was made up.

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