Silver Enamel Bideford Souvenir Spoon
In excellent order and measures 120mm in length.
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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.