Mount Hood is a large ( 11249 foot) snow covered volcano in Northern
Oregon about 50 miles northeast of Portland..
This large mountain is home to 12 glaciers and is still potentially
active so an explosion would also create a massive water runoff.
The mountain was named after British Admiral, Samuel Hood by
Lt. William Broughton, a member of Captain George Vancouver's
1. Full size figural webfoot handle (Mechanics div of Watson)
2. Full size figural webfoot handle (Mechanics div of Watson)
(more details below)
3. demi size figural webfoot with gold washed bowl
4. indian and corn handle with gold plated bowl (mechanics)
5. goldenrod handle with gold plated bowl
6. demi with gold plated bowl (Towle)
1. Oregon state handle (Shepard) with gold plated bowl
2. Salmon handle
3. shell handle (Watson) ca. 1893
4. pattern handle (Wallace)
5. "OREGON" in interlocking letters down handle (A. Feldenheimer ,
Portland jeweler with own spoon design ca. 1892-3 -probably
manufactured by Durgin)
Mount Baker is a large (10,781 foot) major active volcano due east of
the city of Bellingham, Washington. (near the Canadian/ US border).
Mount Baker is the most heavily glaciated of the Cascade range of
volcanoes and contains more glacial ice than all the other volcanoes
combined. It is also one of the snowiest places on earth.
It was named Mount Baker by George Vancouver in honor of 3rd
Lieutenant Joseph Baker of HMS Discovery.
1. totem pole handle and engraved Anacortes in bowl (see totem pole exhibit)
2. demi salmon handle with gold plated bowl and gold head, fins,
and tail on the salmon (front and back)
3. rhodendrum flower handle and engraved "Pt. Townsend" (Port
Townsend) in bowl (Rhodendrum mark)
You will notice that some of these spoons are engraved Mt. Rainier and
some of them are engraved Mt. Tacoma. What's in a name?
Apparently this was a major battle between
the City of Tacoma and the City of Seattle which lasted 56 years and
reached the attention of two Presidents and Congress. Tacoma
wanted the mountain named Mt. Tacoma and claimed that it was
a variation of the original indian word for the mountain, but the
primary reason was money and the campaign was financed by the
Northern Pacific Railroad Co. who expected a steady stream
Seattle claimed that the name Rainier was in long use and that there
was no reason to change it. Three times the matter was considered by
the U.S. Board of Geographic Names and all three times
the board decided to keep it Mt. Rainier. The mountain was
named by George Vancouver after his friend Rear Admiral Peter Rainier.
Mt Rainier is the highest volcano (14,411 ft ) in the Cascade mountain
range and on a clear day it dominates the southeast view from the
Seattle-Tacoma metropolitan area. Mt. Rainier is home to 26
major glaciers and actually has two volcanic craters. Currently
Mr. Rainier is classified as an active volcano, but there is no
imminent liklihood of an explosion.
1. Full figural weatherforcaster 'fine' (click
for more info)
2. Chief Seattle bust on totem pole handle
and gold washed bowl
3. small pattern tea spoon with gold washed bowl
4. flower handled spoon
5. demi indian handled spoon
6. old Tacoma church handle and embossed bowl
1. Old Tacoma Bell Tower handle. Bowl has received special treatment to
make it black
2. totem pole handle
3. owl handle with gold plated bowl
Mt. Shasta is a huge (14,179 foot) volcano in Northern California and
in the southern Cascade mountain range. It has 7 named
glaciers. There are no major cities near this mountain so
there are very few spoons which depict it. California handle with
embossed picture in the bowl
Both of these webfoot handles
same since they were produced by a 'die'
However, I wanted you to see how the hand engraved pictures are
slightly different since they were produced by different engraving
At this time the market does not consider the skill of the engraver to
be significant, but from an aesthetic view, I definitely appreciate the
better quality engraving on the bottom.
Visit the Mountain spoon exhibit
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