A souvenir of Sackett's Harbor, New York, this spoon tells a unique story. The gilt bowl has an image of an unfinished ship the New Orleans,and it is dated 1812. Construction of the ship began during the war of 1812, in January 1815, after Jackson's victory at the Battle of New Orleans. However, the war was over, word had just not arrived yet from the treaty talks in Europe. Work ceased on the massive warship with a 187 foot keel, in March 1815. The ship sat there on its stocks as a tourist attraction until 1882. It was auctioned, dismantled, and the wood used around the Sactuckett area. One workman dies and several were injured in the demolition.
The spoon measures 5 1/2 inches and weighs 20.5 grams. It appears to have a Towle mark, and is stamped 925/1000, indicating Sterling Silver. The back of the spoon is also engraved "M C 1900". On small bright spot rubbed in the bowl to the left of the 1812 date. A wonderful piece of military, tourist, and New York history.