STEREOTYPED BLACK EMBOSSED SPOONS
Spoons and photos from the Andrew Kwiat
Editorial and Research by Wayne Bednersh
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Embossed bowls were made after the
silver makers decided that there was an adequate market for the
particular scene shown. The cost to make a die for a spoon is a
relatively expensive undertaking. However, once the die has been made,
the spoon can be reproduced in quantity at a very reasonable cost. We
must assume that the silver manufacturers determined that there
would be adequate sales of these spoons to justify the initial upfront
costs. It is quite common to have embossed spoons customized for
different areas - -thus we might see the same picture but have
different city names engraved into the bowl.