A vacation trip to the ocean or a lake was a popular destination around the turn of the last century. (Not surprisingly, it still is). Manufacturers developed a number of different spoons to sell to tourists at these popular resort destinations, and it is not surprising that we have a lot of different designs in spoons. Spoons depicting fishes, fishing and fish related activities are fairly common. The examples here are NOT meant to be exhaustive.
Among the nicest and most common spoons, "the Chinook Salmon" from the Northwest has an interesting salmon handle. The bowl on this one is hand engraved with a picture of the Olympia, Washington State Capitol Building
The Columbian River Salmon spoon is also fairly popular. This is a demi version.
This demi version of a sailfish from Hawaii is rarer. The bowl is engraved "Aloha, Honolulu" 1905
This cute demi has a fish finial, and a lobster at the bowl/handle junction
An enameled trout is featured on this spoon from "Muscova"
I don't know what type of fish this is. The bowl is marked "Cottage City" and shows a sailboat. The spoon is a hand assembled piece.
Fishing has been a popular pastime for centuries. All of these spoons refer to this sport
The left one is from Nelson, British Columbia, and the middle is from Catalina Island, Calif. and it also features a "mussel" shell shaped bowl
The right spoon is from Astoria, Oregon
Nice fishing pole spoon with a "mussel" shell bowl made by Gorham and engraved "Tacoma" (Washington), and dated October 16, '93
A fisherman's flight of fancy (1904 World Fair spoon)
I am not sure what type of fish the top one is. The bowl is engraved Sandusky, Ohio
The bottom spoon is a swordfish (marlin) from Miami
bowl from Asbury Park, New Jersey
I found this realistic looking fly fishing scene on the back of a spoon
Sturgeon engraved in bowl
Cute fantasy enameled seahorse on an odd shaped gold plated (not sterling) spoon
Ocean City, New Jersey spoon which has an applied fish on a wire and at the finial there is an applied turtle. This spoon style could have been engraved at many ocean front tourist cities.
This is a very large cast Dutch spoon featuring a fisherman holding a fish and a fish net.
The quarter is to show relative size.
The marks indicate it is 800 silver and was probably from the 1890 -1925 time period.
In the 19th century there were also some very interesting fish servers (slices), and fish forks which are not considered to be souvenir spoons although they do have their own beauty.
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