This is one nice spoon! Made by Shepard Mfg., this spoon has a wonderful bright cut engraving of Lake Bomoseen with a vine decoration. The handle is quite ornate with the top having multiple themes of a tree (Maple?), moose sheaves of wheat etc with the slogan "Freedom and Unity". The back is engraved with the date August 14, 1900. Possibly a gift date or birthday for an individual. The spoon is 5 1/16" in length and weighs 22.5 grams of sterling silver. I don't get Vermont collectors spoons that often so I feel this one is special.
Lake Bomoseen is a freshwater lake in the western part of the U.S. state of Vermont in the towns of Castleton and Hubbardton in Rutland County. It is the largest lake that lies entirely within the state's boundaries, with a surface area of approximately 2,400 acres (9.6 km2). The lake was formed by glaciation and has an average and maximum depth of 27 feet (8.2 m) and 65 feet (19.8 m), respectively. It drains a 24,770-acre (100.25 km2) watershed, has five major inlets, and empties to the Castleton River, a tributary of the Poultney River, which in turn flows west to East Bay at the southern end of Lake Champlain.