COLUMBIAN WORLDS FAIR
Beautiful plique-a-jour by Georg Adam Scheid of Vienna ca. 1893
This spoon is marked with Scheid's initials "GAS"
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According to Mr. R. Corson this "is a member of a family of spoons all
with triangular bowls, bearing Arabic or Turkish calligraphy
and parallel wire handles decorated with plique-a-jour elements,
usually with a crescent and star finial. I have 13 of these in 2
sizes, and this is a new handle design and calligraphy I haven't
seen before. These spoons were made both for the Turkish
trade and the tourists. "
Mr. W. Kundis has provided further enlightenment. He states that " it's
Ottoman Turkish written with Arabic letters. What does it say; CHICAGO!"
Mr. Corson has further verified that Georg Scheid was an exhibitor at
the 1893 Columbian Worlds fair and has documentation indicating that
these spoons were sold at the fair.
I do not know if this spoon was sold as a souvenir or if it was part of
the display at the fair.