Antique Edwardian R. Blackinton & Co Sterling Silver Birthday Souvenir Spoon for August
Dating to the early 1900s may I offer this silver spoon that I must admit is very unique. Manufactured by R. Blackinton & Co the spoon was made to be presented to someone born in the month of August. Frankly, reading the poem in the bowl of the spoon, I wonder why anyone would gift this spoon to anyone. The poem reads "August - Wear a Sardonyx or For Thee, No Conjugal Felicity; The August Born Without this Stone, Tis Said Must Live Unloved Alone." And at the top of the handle, believe it or not, there is a sardonyx (mottled hardstone agate) set into a diamond shaped surround. No monogram to the back.
Condition: Being vintage, there are light marks of use, storage and time (as well as some dust particles showing in my pictures). The patina is wonderfully warm and I try to only lightly polish for photos, the main polish I leave to the new owner. There are no major defects like dings, dents or ugly blemishes that might spoil the beauty of the silver. The bowl is lightly covered in gold and the edges of the bowl are quite sharp - I don't think this is a spoon that you would use.
Metal Content: Sterling Silver with the R. Blackinton hallmark as well as STERLING on the reverse of the piece.
Size: Length on a straight line is 5-3/16"; width at the bowl is 1".
Weight: 17 grams
Final Comments: A hard item to find!
NOTE: St. Louis is headquarters to one of the best consignors to my shop. They take in a lot of silver flatware and hollow ware as part trade for sale of their jewelry. Some of the pieces are wonderful and I want to save as many as I can from being scrapped so I will be offering as many silver items as possible. When I can, I will beat anyone’s price on RL. I want to turn over the silver inventory quickly so I can keep loading in more. St. Louis was a boom city in the 1800s and the silver inventory here is legendary. For those who know, the 1904 World’s Fair held one of the largest competitions in silver design – all the big maker names of the day competed and a lot of the winning pieces stayed in St. Louis after the Fair ended. So keep watching my listings, I never know what I am going to have week to week – all I know is it will be varied, fabulous and deserving of a good home.
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Sterling Silver August Birthday Spoon