STERLING SILVER SOUVENIR SPOON 1904 ST. LOUIS FAIR
This authentic souvenir of the St. Louis World's Fair of 1904 is one jam-packed 6" spoon. From the top of the handle (front) there is an identified scene of Cascade Gardens underneath a world globe, a depiction of the Art Palace, an open-winged eagle, a coat of arms (?-sorry I don't know this one), "The World's Fair" between banners or ribbons and mixed in with some kind of leaves plus oak leaves and acorns...Then we reach the bowl: banners on either side of a tall monument surmounted by the figure of Victory? (well, she's waving a laurel wreath). She stands on a globe atop the monument shaft and on the two sides of the globe are "Expos" and "ition"...Under the banners are " St. Louis U. S. of" and "1904 America"...Beneath the monument base is "Centennial Celebration 1803-1903"...And please note that all of the work in the bowl is professionally executed, raised, detailed. The bowl was probably gold washed--traces still show, and some of the lettering has residue in it that does not detract but that may be the remains of the gold (I never polish too strenuously because every polishing removes a tad of silver and the patina is attractive to me. Be aware, though, that if you want a spoon that looks like new you should buy from a retailer of new silver.) The back, too, is full: "The Mound City," steamboat, city seal, St. Louis 1904, figures representing "Flight of Time." Hess and Culbertson are the names that appear next. Jewelers? Distributors of silver? Never mind. This little antique has a lot going for it.