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June Martin
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A. Michelson, goldsmith to the Danish court, issued their first commemorative Christmas spoon in 1910. The spoon may have been in
response to the porcelain Christmas commemorative plates being made by Bing and Grondahl and Royal Copenhagen at the time. Each year, A. Michelson has commissioned a noted Danish artist to design a new Christmas set. In additional to the spoon, a fork was produced. The spoon and fork could be purchased separately or in a set. The Michelson spoons are sterling silver with the bowl of the spoons being gold-plated. Each spoon and fork is decorated with beautiful enameling, a specialty of the A. Michelson workshop. The dies to make the spoons remain extant unlike the molds used for the Scandinavian Christmas plates. Photographed below is the 1960 A. Michelson Christmas spoon.

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chase33

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Great Post June. Didn't they also make matching forks?

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I'm so fond of these spoons, shame that Jensen has discontinued production.....One of the first pieces of silver I bought as a teenager in the '70s was the 1967 spoon with its subtle basse-taille design by Paul Rene Gaughin. Have handled a couple dozen over the years, several paired with their forks - nice heavy pieces with Michelsen's usual attention to quality. Mom has the 1925 Poinsettia in her collection, it's the year of her birth - the design under the flower spells out "JUL 1925". The variety is wonderful - my two favorites are Kay Bojesen's graceful 1921 boat, and the simply elegant 1937 wheat stalk (there's a tradition of giving the birds a Christmas sheaf of grain (Julenek).

Court Jeweler Michelsen also produced a number of royal commemorative spoons (and forks) from the late 19th century throughout the 20th; my collection includes a lovely piece designed for the May 24, 1935 wedding of Swedish Princess Ingrid to Danish Crown Prince Frederik(IX).

~Cheryl

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June Martin
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As a follow up, seems that George Jensen took over production of Christmas cutlery in 2003, 2006 was the last year of production for the fork and 2009 was the last year of production for the spoon.

What a shame.

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