Chinese export silver souvenir spoon with decorative bamboo motif and the Chinese symbol for happiness. The spoon has an openwork handle with cut out detailing around the happiness symbol and some bamboo leaves (which is a symbol of good luck). The spoon has two marks on its back, one in Chinese (likely the maker's mark) and one that reads KMS. According to the John Sparks book on Chinese Export silver, KMS stands for Kwong Man Shing. The book writes, "We tentatively attribute pieces bearing the letters KMS, hitherto unidentified to the firm of Kwong Man Shin, which was located at 24 Queen's Road, Hong Kong and probably also in Canto during the last quarter of the 19th and first quarter of the 20th century." (pg. 48) This is a relatively rare mark and a great item for the collector of Chinese export silver.
The spoon measures just shy of 5" and weighs 0.45 troy ounces. It is in good condition with no dings, dents or removals.
Chinese Export Silver Souvenir Spoon marked KMS
$29 $39 REDUCED
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