SAN GABRIEL MISSION
Founded in 1771 by Franciscan Father Junipero Serra, the San Gabriel
mission became the
center of the area which would eventually become the Pueblo of
Los Angeles. The strong Moorish architecture was a result of
Father Antonio Cruzado's Spanish architectural background.
Numerous Franscican priests are entombed in the structure and tens
of thousands were baptized there.
This is the 4th of 21 Spanish missions in California and was and still
is a popular
The tall narrow windows and capped buttresses are unique among the
The spoons sometimes refer to it as the Los Angeles Mission and
sometimes as the San Gabriel Mission.
A small sampling of the many sterling spoons from the San Gabriel
Mission outside Los Angeles.
(the rightmost spoon is probably silver plated)
Left: a nice engraved view of the mission
right: an embossed view of the mission
Catholic Fransican Father Junipero Serra is shown on the finial
of this spoon
The back of one of these spoons shows the Mt. Lowe incline railway.
Mt. Lowe was a popular tourist attraction and hotel in the hills above
This facility no longer exists
A popular angelic image for Los Angeles, the "city of angels"
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