How Old Is Your American Souvenir Spoon? This Book Will Help You Find Out
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How Old Is Your American Souvenir Spoon? This Book Will Help You Find Out:
Do you know how old your
American souvenir spoon is?
Do you want to?
You need this PDF book!Do you want to know?DOWNLOADING THE PDF IS The best American souvenir spoons fall, very roughly, into five eras—Pre–1889, 1889 through 1901, 1901 through 1913, 1913 through 1929 (this book concentrates on those spoons available prior to the beginning of World War I in 1917) and those available after 1929 which had become few and far between.
Each of the above eras have distinctive elements of design that dominate the shape and decoration of souvenir spoons. Pre 1889 through 1901 designs are primarily Art Nouveau, then comes Edwardian and Art Deco which segued into Modern. But once these design elements appear they never completely disappear and the designs of the previous eras definitely influence the designs that follow—often for years; which means that souvenir spoon shapes and designs overlap, and not just because the dies used to shape them could be used for many Do you have any idea what era your spoon belongs in? Do you know how to find out? If you want to have any idea read this book!
Many books, articles and websites will tell you that American souvenir spoons began with the introduction of the Salem Witch Spoon in Oct. of 1890… but that simply isn’t true. There were souvenir spoons in the U.S. before 1890 and perhaps as early as the 1850’s. The first spoon designed and manufactured as a souvenir appeared in 1889—prior to 1889 there were souvenir spoons in the United States but they were created by adding decoration to the spoon via engraving, acid etching or enamel to spoons taken from flatware patterns!
Do you want to know how to find the clues that will tell you how to find out what era your spoon belongs in? Can you tell the difference between Art Nouveau and Art Deco designs? Do you know whether your spoon is Victorian, Edwardian or Do you know if your spoon was created from an existing flatware pattern or if it was designed and manufactured to be a souvenir spoon? Do you know how souvenir spoons were created and/or manufactured? Do you know how your spoon was decorated, whether its decoration is in relief, bas-relief or embossed and the difference between them?
Surprisingly there has been little written in the many books on souvenir spoons about how to tell how old your spoon might be and many of the authors depend upon dates on the spoons to date a spoon which, except for firmly dated events, have nothing to do with the date the spoon was actually created or manufactured!
Can you identify the patina on your spoon? Do you know the difference between oxidation and patina and why it’s important? Do you know how your spoon was decorated and how to care for the decoration? (A clue, enamel is glass! It breaks and cracks fairly easily! Do not put enameled silver in a dishwasher!)
All this information, and so much more, is covered in this book! I’ve been collecting American Sterling Silver Souvenir spoons since the early 1970’s (as well as inheriting some of my grandmother’s) and I began to put this information together What you will receive:
This is a 60 page book, including the covers, in PDF format that can be read with Acrobat’s free reader on any computer, most tablets and even your phone—although everything will be tiny! There are hundreds of full color photographs of actual spoons and some of the dies used to create spoons. There are examples of period ads for some of the spoons, examples of the patents for some of the spoons pictured as well as photos of actual dies used to create souvenir spoons. There are photos illustrating exactly what a patina is and information on how to care for the various types of patina.
In other words, this publication is loaded with the information to aid you need to become a souvenir spoon age detective and discover more about your Take a look at the Table of Contents for the subjects The Baltimore Terrapin or Turtle Spoon
A Detective Story in Stacked Salem Witch How Souvenir Spoons Were Created and What Is a Souvenir Flatware Spoons Made into Die-Struck/Die-Stamped Souvenir Silverplated Souvenir Cast Souvenir How Souvenir Spoons Were Relief versus Die-Stamped Cast Relief and Engraving and Chased Etched Cold Painted Enameled Photographic Oxidation Metallic Wash Matte Finish The Evolution of the Souvenir Spoon
Pre–1889 Souvenir 1889–1901 Neoclassic to Art 1901–1913 Art Nouveau Transitions to Art Skyline Skylines Pre–1913 vs. Post 1913:
1913–1929 Modernism and Art Deco:
After Clues to a Souvenir Spoon’s Age
Dates on Souvenir Spoons Can Be Confusing
Dates That Are Engraved, Etched or in Bas-relief on Souvenir Dating a Spoon by A Specific Using the Patent Dates on Souvenir Spoons to Date Them:
Other Ways to Date a Souvenir Spoon
Buildings, Structures or What’s Missing...
The History of a Specific Specific Design Dates the Manufacturer Was in Period Ads:
Period Take a Good Look At Your Souvenir Spoon
Reissues, Reproductions & Reproductions & Books on Souvenir IndexAn invaluable source for learning a bit more about the history of your souvenir spoon!PAYMENT: High buyer to pay by PayPal. If you need to pay via another method, please email me before offerding. SHIPPING & HANDLING: all postage includes delivery DELIVERY VIA EMAIL: FREE
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