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The Joy of Collecting Souvenir Spoons, and Charm Spoons

Updated on April 12, 2016

A Mixed Group of Souvenir Spoons with different Themes

Here is a mixed group of Souvenir Spoons with different themes, States, and  countries. Many unusual travel locations and places are in this collection.
Here is a mixed group of Souvenir Spoons with different themes, States, and countries. Many unusual travel locations and places are in this collection.

The very first American souvenir spoon issued was a commemorative to George Washington

In Europe, collecting souvenir spoons beginning about the same time of the opening of the Crystal Palace Exhibition in London in the year1851, there developed afterwards an amazing and thriving trade in the production of beautiful souvenir spoons that the travelers that visited various cities could purchase to remind them of their visit. It was no time at all that the American travelers returning from Europe brought back with them trunk loads of souvenir spoons from all the various medieval towns and worldly cities which they had visited.

The very first souvenir spoon that was issued in the United States of America was a commemorative to George Washington. It was made in the year 1889 by a company called Galt & Brothers in the nations capital of Washington, DC, the spoon was designed to celebrate the 100th anniversary of our first president George Washington and it featured a well designed likeness of his image. It was such a success that is was followed in 1890 by a commemorative spoon called the Salem Witch Spoon. This remarkable spoon was manufactured by Mr. Daniel Low, this Salem Witch spoon set off a national rage for souvenir-spoon collecting that did not slow down until the outbreak of World War I. Souvenir Spoon collecting got a really big boost during the amazing 1893 Chicago World’s Fair. With the millions of visitors to the fair it was not long until most took home a souvenir spoon of the World's Fair as a memento. The most common souvenir spoons are a presidential series by William Rogers these sell for about $20.00 on eBay. There is also a sterling Eagle series by the Manchester Company, There are many beautiful souvenir spoons of state capitals and national landmarks. As a general rule the value of a souvenir spoons depends on what a collector is willing to pay to have it in their collection.

The Joy of Collecting Souvenir Spoons, and Charm Spoons

Each of these Lovely Souvenir Collector Spoons is a Work of Art

Each of these Souvenir  Collector Spoons is a work of art. Beautifully hand crafted, and showing great pride in the location it is representing.
Each of these Souvenir Collector Spoons is a work of art. Beautifully hand crafted, and showing great pride in the location it is representing.

The joy of collecting souvenir spoons in the USA began in 1890

So one could say the joy of collecting souvenir spoons in the United States began in the year 1890 for most Americans; the souvenir spoon rampage lasted up to the 1980s with the exception of the World War years. Thousands and thousands of souvenir spoons were sold in every city, town, village and hamlet throughout the country from Maine to Florida and from Hawaii to Washington DC there was virtually no section of the nation that was not consumed by the desire and fun of collect souvenir spoons.

Daniel Low's Remarkable Commemorative Salem Witch Spoon Ad

In 1890 by a commemorative spoon called the Salem Witch Spoon. This remarkable spoon was manufactured by Mr. Daniel Low, this Salem Witch spoon set off a national rage for souvenir-spoon collecting that did not slow down until the outbreak of WWI
In 1890 by a commemorative spoon called the Salem Witch Spoon. This remarkable spoon was manufactured by Mr. Daniel Low, this Salem Witch spoon set off a national rage for souvenir-spoon collecting that did not slow down until the outbreak of WWI

In this Video are Eight Vintage Souvenir Collector Spoons

The 1890s were the Golden era for Souvenir Spoon Manufacturing

The early 1890s was known as the golden era for souvenir spoon manufacturing. In the year 1890 in the United States of America there were only five major souvenir spoons patented known to be in production in the United States, but by the year 1891, there were hundreds of souvenir spoons on the market being manufactured by countless companies. There were more patent and designs issued for souvenir spoons during this amazing decade than for the entire era of 1789 to 1889. In the 1890s there were many cutting-edge innovations in the manufacturing of souvenir spoons. In this amazing decade the production of cast spoons was perfected. This is the making of souvenir spoons according to the detailed lost wax process. This era also made the perfection of engraving and bright cut decoration for souvenir spoons.

Here are some Really Amazing Sterling Silver Souvenir Spoons

The introduction of embossed Souvenir Spoons started in 1891

The introduction of embossed designs in souvenir spoons started in 1891, and the production of exquisite enameled spoons which today are considered by most collectors as miniature works of art.It was the remarkable and well attended Columbian World's Fair Exposition held in Chicago in 1893 which provided the awesome venue and greatest impetus to the public to state collecting of souvenir spoons as a hobby. It soon became a very fashionable national hobby that crossed many social and economic boundaries in this nation. The Chicago World's Fair opened on May 1, in the year 1893, the population of the United States was around 67 million. The Fair closed five months later and amazingly more than 28 million people had visited this stunning Fair. Almost every visitor to the Chicago World's Fair took home at least one souvenir spoon that celebrated some building, place, thing, or person highlighted at the Fair itself.

Here you have 18 beautiful Souvenir Spoons with nice Charms

Here you have 18 beautiful  Souvenir Spoons with charms and well made wood rack display ... This is a great collection of the US States & other locations.
Here you have 18 beautiful Souvenir Spoons with charms and well made wood rack display ... This is a great collection of the US States & other locations.

In today’s World Souvenir Spoon Collecting is a Hobby of love

In today’s world souvenir spoon collecting is still a loved and fascinating hobby. For some of us it is even addictive avocation. The many reasons for collecting souvenir spoon are as diversified as the many remarkable types of souvenir spoons that have been made. There are countless spoons with portraits of famous individuals from writers, musician’s, politicians, even war heroes. Often the image in the bowl such as a flower or a detailed masterpiece is what the collector is after. Or for some discriminating collector the handle must be hand-engraved and for these collectors the spoons are highly desirable since they probably are one of a kind. Many collectors like souvenir spoons that show the technical craftsmanship of the master skilled engravers that were employed by the early souvenir spoon silversmiths and jewelers of the 1890s era.

Beautiful antique Sterling Souvenir spoons, this is Nice Grouping

In the 1900s the Production of Souvenir Spoons was less Costly

The 1900s was a time of amazing growth in the United States both in population and in her economy. It was the golden age of mass industrialization of the nation. With new developments in production methods and the rapid acceleration of new technology the invention of mass production techniques made once pricey things affordable for the mass consumer. The production of souvenir spoons was now less costly and the souvenir spoons became more affordable for the general population to purchase, and with more manufacturers making these novitiate spoons the volume of souvenir spoons increased and at better prices than ever before. When you add the collapse of the silver market during the 1890s, silver products became affordable to many ordinary Americans for the first time, and whilst souvenir spoon collecting retaining its image of being for the privileged and wealthy more and more average citizens were enjoying the hobby.

Collecting remarkable Souvenir Spoons with Charms is Great Fun

Collecting Souvenir Spoons with Charms is great fun. You can learn about a lot of locations that people have traveled to over the years. Sometimes you find spoon with a places that is now long gone, making that spoon very valuable.
Collecting Souvenir Spoons with Charms is great fun. You can learn about a lot of locations that people have traveled to over the years. Sometimes you find spoon with a places that is now long gone, making that spoon very valuable.

Many People collected Apostle Spoons in the 15th century

There is much historical evidence supporting the fact that there had been collectible spoons before the 1890s. Many people collected Apostle Spoons which appearance in the 15th century. The true souvenir spoons really came into their own during the European and American Industrial Revolution simply because prior to the middle of the 1800s, almost everything made of silver was manufactured by skill craftsmen and by hand in such limited quantities that only the very well-to-do of society could afford to purchase these collectable spoons. The Apostle Spoons were usually made of pure silver, and often been given as gifts to parents at christenings. Only the very rich could afford a complete sets of thirteen which included the twelve apostles and the Master Jesus Christ. Tragically only the poor families could only obtain just one Apostle Spoon for a christening.

Five Beautiful Souvenir Spoons from Across the United States

The Industrial Age made the Souvenir Spoon Hobby of Today

Thankfully throughout the 19th century, with the increasing productivity supported not only the very wealthy and an exploding middle class, but also afforded even the relative poor access to more and more lower-cost goods and even leisure time. So that by the later part of the 1800's almost everyone could take a vacation. The upwardly mobile took advantage of technological advancements in transportation to tour Europe after crossing the ocean on a luxury liner like the SS United States, or the SS America, or they would chose other foreign locals, while the middle-class stayed at new and remarkable seaside resorts like the new ones in Florida, or they would traveled to see natural wonders like the amazing Niagara Falls, or the Grand Canon. Even the poor could afford a day at an near by lake, mountain, or beach, some even had the choice of an amusement park like the exciting Coney Island. So I guess you could thank the Industrial Age for the Souvenir Spoon Hobby of today.

Vintage Charm Spoons are now becoming Valuable & Collectable

Vintage Charm Spoons are now becoming valuable and very collectable. Many are even one of a kind, because over the years so many have been lost over the years.
Vintage Charm Spoons are now becoming valuable and very collectable. Many are even one of a kind, because over the years so many have been lost over the years.

It is a really Plus when find a Souvenir Spoon in its Original Box

Sometimes you find Souvenir spoons in their original boxes. This is a real score, because you can see who the manufacturer was and the history of the spoon and the place it represents.
Sometimes you find Souvenir spoons in their original boxes. This is a real score, because you can see who the manufacturer was and the history of the spoon and the place it represents.

A Mixed Group of Souvenir Spoons and Charm Spoons with Different Themes

Seven sweet Souvenir Spoons with Charms & Handles Engraved

Here is an nice set of Vintage Collector Spoons with seven different Spoons with Souvenir Charms with Handle engraved. Door County, Branson Missouri, Cosmos Mystery Area, Corn Place, Devil’s Tower Wyoming, World’s Musky Capital,  &  the Arabia
Here is an nice set of Vintage Collector Spoons with seven different Spoons with Souvenir Charms with Handle engraved. Door County, Branson Missouri, Cosmos Mystery Area, Corn Place, Devil’s Tower Wyoming, World’s Musky Capital, & the Arabia

Souvenir Spoons come in Gold, Silver, Pewter & Plated Copper

Souvenir Spoons come in gold, silver, plated copper & bronze, and even pure pewter. Each one has a story to tell about some far off land, or exciting destination.  Most are works of art.
Souvenir Spoons come in gold, silver, plated copper & bronze, and even pure pewter. Each one has a story to tell about some far off land, or exciting destination. Most are works of art.

Here are some Amazing Small Silver Souvenir Spoons

Beautiful and well made Souvenir Spoon from Washington DC

Beautiful very well made Souvenir Spoon from Washington DC. This spoon proudly shows the nations capital on its top. Elegantly done during a more pleasant and peaceful time in the history of this world.
Beautiful very well made Souvenir Spoon from Washington DC. This spoon proudly shows the nations capital on its top. Elegantly done during a more pleasant and peaceful time in the history of this world.

Beautiful Collector Souvenir Spoons from around the World

In the year 1851 the collecting Souvenir Spoons beginning at the opening of the Crystal Palace Exhibition in London, England …

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      Glenn Waters 2 years ago

      I agree with you Blond Logic, :)

      They are like little beautiful time capsules of a persons journeys through life. I have seen them in kitchens, dens and living-rooms. Sadly I have also seen them in garage sells after the person has died. Many are of places that no longer existence, they simply have been destroyed for the wheels of progress, and only have these little spoons to show that it ever existed.

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      Mary Wickison 2 years ago from Brazil

      Although I don't collect them I can admire them. They are beautiful and a perfect souvenir of ones travels. I also love the fact they are on display because all too often, collections are stored and not enjoyed.

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