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Catalog Number 01.C.03
Object Name Spoon
Title Spoon with Portrait of Benjamin Franklin
Artist Unknown
Description Souvenir spoon with portrait of Franklin at top. Eagle below Franklin, followed by house representing his birthplace, crest with 13 stars and stripes, "1760 1790" along stem, and Philadelphia City Hall in bowl. On rear is image of Liberty Bell, printing press, and Independence Hall. No maker's mark.
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 along with 01.C.02 in 1956, the 250th anniversary of Benjamin Franklin's birth.
Material Sterling silver
Dimensions L-6 inches
Credit line American Philosophical Society
Search Terms Philadelphia
Founding Father