This is one of the most unusual monkey spoons which I have encountered in a field which is composed of very unusual spoons. But because of its unusual nature, it gives us greater insight into both monkey spoons and the culture which used them.
If you are not familiar with monkey spoons, I heartily suggest that you see that exhibit before you proceed with this one, as I am assuming that you are familiar with those concepts. Click here to see the monkey spoon exhibit. After you have seen that exhibit, click "back" to return to this exhibit.
This monkey spoon has a medallion for a boss. I have never before seen this on a monkey spoon. Also above the medallion is a "bow". I suspect that this means that it was used as a "gift" spoon. My analysis had indicated that these types of spoons were sometimes used as gifts for important events (besides weddings and funerals), but this is the most direct evidence I have of this theory.
The unusual bowl is cast. Most monkey spoon bowls are hand worked. This one features two men fishing. The man on the left is sitting down, whereas the man on the right is standing and leaning on a tree. The border design is more art nuevo than any I have seen on a monkey spoon. The bowl measures about 3.5" wide by about 3.0" long.
The entire spoon measures just under 7.5" length. The handle is also unusual as it is cast and then hand worked into a pine tree shape. The finial which you can't see is a well modeled squirrel eating a nut. This spoon is also unusual in that it is marked "sterling" with a unicorn mark that is worn, but I suspect it belongs to the Mauser Manufacturing Co. of New York. Finding monkey spoons with the word sterling and an American manufacturer mark on them is truly unusual.