Hand Worked Silver

The city, state and country spoons in this exhibit are all hand worked and most of them are in the Art Nuevo style. As you examine these spoons, pay attention to the intricate curves and stylistic engravings around the letters. Also note the very wide variety of different designs. In my opinion, the workmanship is much more important than the actual name.

While these spoons are in the "arts and crafts" tradition, they are not truly representative of that style. A skilled silversmith cutout the letters by hand using a hand saw from thin sheet silver and then further decorated the spoon using various engraving or roulette techniques. However, most of the oval and heart shaped spoon bowls were conventionally produced and then soldered onto the twisty handles.

All of the American spoons are marked "sterling", but most of them do not have a silversmith identification. Two of them, however, are marked with the C.B. & H (Codding Bros. & Heilborn, N. Attleboro, Mass.) mark. Since the style is similar for all the spoons, I would not be surprised to find that they are all from this firm.

In many cases only the city name is provided and since there may be multiple cities with the same name, I have designated the state with a ? symbol. The spoons are shown in alphabetical order.

Bedford, ?

Bombay, India

Brooklyn, New York

Brookville, Pennsylvania?

Brunswick, ?

Franklin,?

Grand Pre NS (Nova Scotia, Canada)

Halifax Nova Scotia, Canada

Havana, Cuba

Japan--hand cutout

Portuguese enclave near China

Manila, Philippines --filigree

Manila, Philippines--bamboo stem

Muscatine,?

New Hampshire (Mountain View)

Norfolk, Virginia

Okinawa, Japan
The bowl is flower shaped

Portland, ?

Prairie Du Chien

Shawneetown, Illinois?

Storm Lake, ?

St Paul, Minnesota

Tokyo, Japan

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