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iconnumber posted 02-12-2018 11:50 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for dragonflywink     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Ran across this wonderful whimsical little guy and just had to have him - made by Saunders & Shepherd, the spoon bears 1891/92 London hallmarks, with design registration mark 190049, issued March-April, 1892. Saunders & Shepherd was known for their well-done novelty items, and while I've seen their beautifully detailed 'Lee-Metford' rifle spoon, an 1899/1900 souvenir of the Boer War, I've never seen this piece before - a 4½" long version of the popular acrobatic articulated 'Monkey on a Stick' wooden toys. He is quite well-made, operating smoothly, he he did arrive black with tarnish, and required careful polishing with some pointy little cotton swabs, but I'm pleased with the end result.

He looks very much like the monkey on a stick illustrated with this poem, published in an 1894 British weekly:

A fancier version of the toy is shown on this late 19th century trade card:

In looking to see if I could find another spoon, found this great late 19th century Thornhill mechanical pencil with a more lifelike monkey:

And a Saunders & Shepherd Boer War rifle spoon:


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iconnumber posted 02-13-2018 05:23 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for agleopar     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Now I have seen everything!
And that poem... boy those Victorians had latent issues?Then there is the rifle... we are so p.c. now.
Thank you Cheryl

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iconnumber posted 02-13-2018 08:33 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Scott Martin     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Wonderful post!
Thank you Cheryl.

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iconnumber posted 02-13-2018 12:27 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Polly     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
How utterly charming and delightful!

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iconnumber posted 02-13-2018 08:20 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for dragonflywink     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Glad you like him - he makes me smile and I've played with him way more than I should admit. And I also find the poem a bit creepy, and the illustration vaguely disturbing as well...


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iconnumber posted 02-14-2018 10:49 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for asheland     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Very cool stuff!

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