This is a small collection of spoons
from an original collection circa 1900
The collector most likely lived in Michigan as all of the spoons were
from that area.
Twenty years ago, it was common to find collections of this type, but
now most spoons are from the resale market.
All the spoons on this page are sterling silver.
Arch Rock on Mackinac Island is a 146 foot high natural
limestone formation dating to the time when glaciers covered the area.
Now it is part of Mackinac Island State Park and is still a major
tourist destination. The original inhabitants considered it to be of
These spoons are from the 1900 era.
top: small demi spoon with fishing scene handle and arch rock in
the bowl. Manufactured by Paye and Baker
1. Nice indian sculpture handle (also found with different bowls)
and embossed picture of arch rock. unidentified
manufacturer, sterling, patented '91 (1891)
2. Multi -scene handle with embossed view of arch rock with
climbers on top. Manufactured by Alvin
3. nice indian handle with an engraved view of Arch Rock. Manufactured
by Codding Bros. back of bowl engraved "NE"
close up view of
engraved view of arch rock
Three engraved spoons of the Mackinac Arch rock
British built fort on Mackinac
Island to control the strategic straits between Lake Michigan and
15 years after the Revolutionary war, the British ceded the fort to the
American army which used it until 1895.
It was also the scene of two battles during the war of 1812
top: multi scene handle front and back including a wolverine, Soo Locks
and Arch Rock. Embossed bowl. Manufactured by Chas. M. Robbins
middle: multi scene handle including a 'load of logs' and a copper
mine. embossed bowl. Manufactured by Shepard
bottom: multi scene handle including Arch rock, Sugar Loaf Rock, and
Grand Hotel on back. embossed bowl. Manufactured by Manchester Baker
close up view of old fort Mackinac
1. Grand Hotel on handle . unidentified manufacturer
2. Interesting art nuevo and art deco combination handle and acid
etched 'Island of Mackinac" in bowl -hard to read mark but might be
3. unusual two pronged fork with indian handle and identified as
"Island of Mackinac". manufactured by Alvin
right: multi scene cut out handle manufactured by Robbins
1. Sault St. Marie handle with nice engraved bowl of the "new Poe
Locks". patented 1895, unidentified maker
The Poe Locks built in 1895-96 were the largest locks at the time of
The Sault St. Marie (pronounced 'soo') was designed to permit ships to
transit between Lake Superior and the Other Great Lakes
2. generic pattern handle spoon with engraved gold washed bowl engraved
"South Haven, Mich". Back of handle engraved "Aug.1899"
3. multi scened demi spoon with embossed picture of Detroit Harbor in
the bowl (same scene available on larger spoons). manufactured by Watson
I want to thank Dave Cruson for bringing these spoons to my attention
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