This 5 1/2 inch spoon shows a Native American on the shore, awaiting a masted paddlewheel boat, with a palm and the sun in the background. Florida, in a cartouches, above some oranges, then an alligator and palm tree complete the images on the spoon handle front. The reverse has the Ponce de Leon Hotel, then the Royal Palm at Miami, the city gates (St. Augustine?), and a figure that appears to be a Spanish explorer, perhaps Ponce himself.
The spoon has been turned into a St. Petersburg souvenir by the addition of the engraved name in the bowl. The spoon is marked L. D. A. Sterling, indicating L. D. Anderson, a firm that made many Florida spoons.Probably dates from the Gold Coast heyday of the 1920s.
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