Civil War

Souvenir Spoons

The war between the states was the bloodiest war for American troops in our history. This very sad chapter of American history was based upon a confluence of events including the moral problem of slavery, the westward expansion of the country, the importance of industry and the role of the Federal Government vis-a-vis the role of the individual states.

The height of the souvenir spoon movement occurred between 25 and 40 years (about one generation) after the end of the conflict. By this time, most of the horrors of the war had been forgotten, and the remaining survivors remembered the more idealized aspects of the war. Thus the spoons that were produced at this time, reflected the thinking at this point in history and while they are historically accurate, they did not portray the misery and horror of war.

Herewith I present a very short summary of the Civil War in SOUVENIR SPOONS.

President Lincoln and Robert E. Lee (Confederate General)

This is an extremely pretty spoon. The handle is made in the shape of a civil war cannon. The citrus bowl has a picture of the capitol building with a monument in front of it. The back of the handle is the Washington Monument.

Embossed view of the First Capitol of the Confederacy, Montgomery, Alabama

Engraved view of Fort Sumter (Charleston, South Carolina)
The opening salvo of the Civil War

Lookout Mountain, a picturesque flat top mountain overlooking Chattanooga, Tennessee and a famous battle site. More Civil War battles were fought in Tennessee than in any other state except Virginia.

Confederate Monument--New Orleans

Confederate Monument, Norfolk, Virginia

The monument was designed by the Couper Marble Works of Norfolk. The original plan called for it to be topped with a heroic bronze figure of Peace, while four life-sized bronze figures representing a Confederate sailor, infantryman, cavalryman, and artilleryman were intended to adorn the base. But money was scarce, and the committee finally settled for a handsome fifteen-foot bronze statue of a defiant Johnny Reb by Norfolk-born sculptor William Couper as the crowning feature of the monument that was unveiled on May 16, 1907.

Confederate Monument, Montgomery, Alabama

Grand Army of the Republic
28 National Encampment -- 1894

GAR -Grand army of Republic spoons

left 31st National Encampment --GAR--Grand Army of the Repubic --Buffalo, NY 1897 --silver plated

right:  (good luck) 31st National Encampment --GAR--Grand Army of the Repubic --Buffalo, NY 1897 --silver plated

General Engine--famous train
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The battle of the Ironclads

We just assume that war ships were made out of metal, but that was not the case until the Civil War. The first "metal" warships were wooden ships that were clad in iron plates. These two ships met in battle on March 9, 1862. They inflicted severe damage on each other.

Sorry for the light reflection, but the spoon pictures this battle. Handle is goldenrod

Sorry for the bad colors, the scanner has problems on a curved surface, but try to enjoy these transfer print pictures anyway

Left: a picture of the White House during the Civil War era
Right: Lincoln frees the slaves

Many other Civil War spoons are also available to spoon collectors.

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IMHO The very term "Civil War" is an oxymoron, and this war was not an exception

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