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Catalog Number 01.C.02
Object Name Spoon
Title Spoon with Portrait of Benjamin Franklin
Artist Gorham
Date late 19th c.
Description Souvenir spoon with portrait of Franklin on handle, kite with key and lightning below, and Franklin at the court of France in bowl. Handle of spoon: "1706 B. Franklin 1790." Marked "Bailey Banks & Biddle" on back, next to lion, anchor, and "G" symbol.
Label In the 1890s, spoons commemorating travels,significant historical figures, and events became prized collectibles in America. The craze began with two spoons, one depicting George Washington and the other memorializing the Salem witch trials. The popularity of souvenirs from the Columbian Exposition in Chicago (1893) then led to a robust souvenir spoon industry that waned in the middle of the 20th century. The APS purchased this spoon, made by American silver manufacturer Gorham and sold by jeweler Bailey Banks & Biddle, along with 01.C.03 in 1956, the 250th anniversary of Benjamin Franklin's birth.
Material Sterling silver
Dimensions L-6 inches
Credit line American Philosophical Society
Search Terms nineteenth century
19th century
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