This is a Sterling Silver Souvenir Spoon from Missoula Montana and dates from around the early 1900's . This spoon has an engraved picture of Bitter Root in the bowl of this spoon with a Gold washed bowl. It is titled "Bitter Root Missoula" in the bowl. The Bitter Root (Lewisia rediviva) is the Montana State Flower. The Bitter Root was selected as the Montana State Flower on February 27, 1895. It has the State Flower at the top of the spoon and going down the spoon some. It has Mountains, a valley, with a rising Sun, a River, shrubs, with a pick ax, shovel, and a plow with the words " Oroy Plata " ( The State Motto is Spanish for " Gold and Silver ".
Montana has the largest migratory elks herd in the nation.
Next : is a number of Factories with smoke coming out the stack. A Steer with Long Horns and then a Miner digging with a pick ax down in a mine with his head flashlight beaming in the dark. Below that is the words in big letters "M O N T A N A". On the back of the spoon is: The State Capitol with bunch of wheat with a plow, rack, and a sickle above.a Buffalo, an Elk ( Montana has the largest migratory Elks Herd in the nation ). It shows when entering Yellowstone from Montana, you drive under the arch at the north gate of Yellowstone National Park. There is an inscription on the arch that President Theodore Roosevelt dedicated in 1904, " For the Benefit and Enjoyment of the People " this is written above the arch on the spoon.
It is marked Mayer Bros and Sterling on the back of the handle. It measures 5 3/4" long and is in great condition.
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