The Chicago World Fair of 1893 was a major impetus to the American Fad
of collecting spoons.
Advertisers quickly picked up on this fad and created spoons to
advertise companies or particular products.
Sometimes these spoon were sold (often in relation to a specific event),
but shortly thereafter specific products were advertised.
Sterling Silver spoons in this genre are relatively rare because of the
however, silver plated or other types of non-sterling spoons are more
Many of these spoons were given away in various types of promotion
deals and since they were
of very limited value, most have been thrown away over the years, thus
the survivors are relatively rare.
I do not personally collect this genre of spoons, so if you have an
interest in any of these please contact me.
None of the spoons shown on this page are sterling silver
1. "September is founders month--The Ernst Kern Co" with an image of a
Ernst Kern Co was a department store established in Detroit in 1883 by
Ernst Kern - est age ca 1900
2. "oh oh spaghettio"--American brand of canned spaghetti from
1987 -- est age ca 1990
3. "Fischer" --unknown product as there were several companies with
this name --unknown age
4. "Cardy directed hotels" Cardy corp was a Canadian hotel company --
1. Horn and Hardart Baking Co. Philadelphia est. 1898
A restaurant whose most famous product was New Orleans-style
French-drip coffee, which Hardart promoted as their "gilt-edge" brew
2. "Ovaltine beverage" "a natural restorative and strengthener"
A milk flavored product first introduced into England in 1909. This
spoon is believed to date from the 1920/1930 era
3."Dr. Bellards" featuring a German Shepard dog image acid etched in
Dr. Bellard's dog food company was based in Canada --guess that this
spoon/slice is from the 1940's era
4. "Frears Troy Cash Bazaar"
Frears was a huge multi-story dry goods store located in Troy, New York
This spoon handle design was also used on spoons from the Columbian WF
of 1893 so I suspect that this spoon is from that era.
1. demi spoon "Saratoga Spa, Saratoga Springs N.Y."
Saratoga Spa is a natural mineral springs which is a popular tourist
destination. This is a modern spoon
2. "African lion safari, Rockton, Canada" This is a modern spoon
1. "Farmers Dairy Co.' silver plated marked "simeon and
george h. rogers company" (1932)
Unsure as to which company is advertising.
2. "Radio City Music Hall", New York Featuring a Rockette finial
--this is a modern pewter spoon
1. "Johnson,Johnson & Co. Pure Tea"--British tea company founded in
1837 --I am unsure of when this spoon was made.
This style of spoon was very popular in the 1840-1870 era but I think
the spoon is probably much later and probably 20th century
There are 'hallmarks' on the back, but they are phony marks and this
spoon is silver plated
2. "LMS Cars" --I am guessing that this comes from a used car
sales in Kent, England --no idea of age
3. "Gerbers" - baby food company --I suspect this is a modern spoon
4. "Greydons" -- I have no further information
5. "Swans Nest Hotel" " Stratford-on-Avon --a
popular hotel dating from the late 17th century on the banks of the
I have no idea as to when this spoon was made
"Larkin" Soap Co.
Founded in Buffalo, NY in 1875 as a soap manufacturer but later
expanded into many dry goods
It's headquarter building was designed by the famous architect "Frank
Many products bear the Larkin insignia. Most of these spoons were made
between 1900 and 1915
The same spoon handle was made and the bowl was customized for various
The left spoon is a generalized spoon.
The right one is compliments of the Buffalo Times -- no idea of the age
of these spoons
In British terms, a nabob is a person who became very wealthy working
for the East India Company in India.
After making their fortunes they returned home and bought large estates
and sometimes seats in the House of Lords.
In other countries a Nabob often achieved wealth by
Complete set of 6 brass spoons is relatively rare.
1. "property of Paris Cafe
Moosejaw" ,--apparently it was a cafe in Moose Jaw, Canada -- no
idea as to age
2. most unusual souvenir from Niagara Falls (probably Buffalo as
there is a buffalo in the design). I am not sure of the purpose of the
but suspect that it is related to some business in the area. Supposedly
a patent was applied for. No idea as to age
3 & 4. silver plated spoons marked as "Canadian Pacific" --Railroad
and still in business - no idea as to age
1. "Greens of Stansted celebrating 250 years (1687 - 1937)" --unsure of
business (possibly a golf course in England) - I would estimate age as
2. "Chiclets" --original candy coated chewing gum --est age 1900-1910
-- supposedly to celebrate the new peppermint flavor
3. "Trufood" Apparently a number of vintage items are available for a
Trufood baby food company, but I have no further info at this time
4."Lowney" , A gold medal chocolate candy winner at the Pan Am world
fair in Buffalo --estimate age as circa 1900. (factory in Mansfield,
left: Towle log cabin syrup was an 1887 packaged brand of syrup owned
by Pinnacle foods. (created by Patrick Towle who lived in Forest Lake,
and named for his idol, Abe Lincoln (hence the log cabin)
right: Sunny Jim was a cartoon character who promoted Force Cereal (the
first commercially successful wheat flake cereal)
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