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[souvenir spoon]

Teaspoon size souvenir spoon, made by Joseph Mayer & Bros., ca. 1900. The three-dimensional, figural spoon is made of sterling silver with gold wash on front and back of bowl. Engraved on the bowlis illustration of a lighthouse and around it, smaller buildings and windmill. Engraved above: Government Lighthouse; engraved below: Westport Wash. The handle is in the shape of a salmon with gold tail, fins, and head. In raised gold letters on its side: Grays Harbor / Salmon. The finial is somewhat round with curlicues on side, rays on top to produce scalloped form. At center is an illustration of a small house with smoke coming out of chimney; trees are on either side. On the back, the top is undecorated except for curlicue border. Fish design is on the back without statement on side. Stamped on top of bowl back: Sterling, and maker's mark of a triangle with fleur-de-lis at center. The donor's family said the silver souvenir spoons were given to seamen as mementos at the end of a voyage. The men then traded them to the donor's grandather for drinks at the bar, the Oxford Bar, located on the southwestern corner of Fourth Avenue and Pike Street in Seattle, WA. The bar was managed by William Deitchler and Otto Tietjens, beginning in about 1897.

Details

Creation Date: ca. 1900

Catalog ID: 2018.73.7

Object Types: spoon, souvenir

Creator: Joseph Mayer & Bros.

Dimensions: Length 5.563 in . Width 1.25 in . Depth 0.625 in

Related Subjects: Westport, WA Grays Harbor salmon Grays Harbor Lighthouse windmill