A strong renunciation
of 19th century Victorian era art was inspired
by natural forms and natural structures, with an emphasis on
flowers, plants, the human form (primarily women) and curvy lines.
The upcoming change of the calendar to the 20th century gave a major
impetus to this style.
The new century also brought with it a change in peoples attitudes
towards Victorian morality and lifestyles which we see reflected in the
souvenir spoons of the era.
left: all spoons are sterling
1. applied bare breasted lady on a basic pattern spoon by
Mechanics division of Watson, with a hand painted art nouveau lady in
2. embossed spoon showing a bare breasted maiden with very long
wavy hair by Manchester
3. left leaning bare breasted lady with long hair surrounded by
flora by Mechanics division of Watson. Engraved "Oct 10 '05" with
initials in bowl and back of handle
4. slightly smaller version of #3 but the same picture
5. Love disarmed with child by Reed and Barton. Bowl engraved
6. Mermaid by Paye and Baker with back of spoon following design.
Embossed flowers in bowl and engraved "Fergus Falls Minn". Back of bowl
7. Cutout naked female reduced to insect size and examining a flower by
Paye and Baker
8. Same as #8 but there are no cutouts
9. Bare breasted female with cupid on the right and two angels (Irian
wielding an arrow by R. Wallace & Sons. Gold washed bowl bright cut
engraved picture of a building labeled
"Ladies college Liberty Mo." patent 1902
10. Larger version of #10 with bowl engraved "Kansas City, Mo" ,
Left: all spoons are sterling unless otherwise noted
1. We don't have too many nude males on spoons, but Gorham did have one
in the Nuremberg series
2. This looks to me like a bare breasted Greek maiden. I can't
read the maker mark (suspect it is sterling but can't prove it)
3. bare breasted woman holding aloft an enamel shield for
Pennsylvania with Independence Hall embossed in the bowl .
Shepard Manufacturing made a lot of variations of this spoon
4. This very well designed spoon from Norway features a naked
woman holding aloft a baby.
The name of this statue is “Mor og barn”, and it was
the Norwegian sculptor and artist Arne Durban (1912-1994).
The statue is placed in Byparken (The City Park) in Sandefjord
The statue was erected on 17 May, 1950 (The National Day of Norway
– the date when Norway separated from Sweden)
The bowl is an embossed picture of
Sandefjord (see below)
I am usure of how to read the markings on this spoon so I am unsure of
the purity of the silver.
I want to thank Kari M. Wefring for providing me with this information.
5. An example of a naked indian maiden in reference to the White Canoe legend of Niagara Falls.
6. Demi version of the White Canoe
featuring a naked indian maiden going over the Niagara Falls. Design
carried onto the back of the spoon. A full size version of this spoon
is also available.
1. Bare breasted woman from St. Maarten carrying a basket of fruit on
her head and embossed sailboats in the bowl, sterling, unidentified
2. bare breasted woman holding a wreath. Bowl
is marked sterling. no manufacturer mark . The stem has been
soldered to the bowl and may not be sterling
Detail photographs of some of the spoons shown above in no particular
Large Irian pattern fork
For the ladies--
This is the Victor statue (1928) in Belgrade, Serbia
commemorating the victory over the Ottoman empire
The nude figure has attracted considerable public dissent in Belgrade
and was moved to a less obvious location.
It is one of the most powerful and popular symbols of
Spoon is a probably a bronze alloy.
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