Silver Enamel Bideford Souvenir Spoon
Silver Enamel Bideford Souvenir Spoon Silver Enamel Bideford Souvenir Spoon Silver Enamel Bideford Souvenir Spoon Silver Enamel Bideford Souvenir Spoon Silver Enamel Bideford Souvenir Spoon Silver Enamel Bideford Souvenir Spoon

Silver Enamel BIDEFORD Souvenir Spoon, Deakin & Francis Ltd, Birmingham 1964

English sterling silver enamel Bideford souvenir spoon by Deakin & Francis Ltd, hallmarked from Birmingham in 1964.

In excellent order and measures 120mm in length.

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Silver Enamel Bideford Souvenir Spoon

English sterling silver enamel Bideford souvenir spoon by Deakin & Francis Ltd.  Hallmarked from Birmingham in 1964.

In excellent order and measures 120mm in length.

DATE1964
MAKER or SPONSOR MARKDeakin & Francis Ltd
ASSAY OFFICEBirmingham
WEIGHT (Grammes)15
WEIGHT (Troy)….
REF:-537C

Sterling silver souvenir spoons have been collector’s items worldwide for many years. The collecting of souvenir spoons originated in Europe.  By the late 19th century it had made its way to the Americas.

Sterling silver spoons have made a substantial impact on the economics of the tourism industry.  Indeed, they continue to be popular in the Western world.

Many households can boast the odd collectable spoon, but serious collectors are more likely to opt for sterling silver items. As a result, sterling silver spoons can mark a special event.  That is to say a celebrated event or a memorable visit to a special and interesting location. Most souvenir spoons found in Tourist Information centres won’t be of sterling silver.  However, the antique shops of the local area may contain a wealth of choice. Obviously, these spoons are not designed for use at the table but are for decorative purposes only!

Although collector’s items have been around for many centuries, the focus on spoons did not arise until the mid-19th Century.  Then it was mainly for American citizens.

Wealthy Americans, making a tour of Europe, liked to bring home souvenirs.  These often carried the name of the city, country or famous landmark they had visited. This practice fostered the idea of spoons becoming collectable.

Additional information

Origin

English

Period

20th Century

Sponsor/Maker

Deakin & Francis Ltd

REF CODE

537C

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