Gorgeous Sterling Niagara Falls Spoon - Lady in Canoe
What a gorgeous vintage spoon! It is made of sterling silver with the design of Niagara Falls. The handle has a detailed design of the falls, and it reads NIAGARA down the handle. The back of the handle has a nude lady in a canoe. The spoon measures about 4 1/4" long - the bowl measures about 7/8" across. Good condition. We have not cleaned or polished the spoon, and it shows patina and tarnish. Marked STERLING and makers mark of what looks like a C with a 3 inside. Great find for the collector! You will love it!
This scene of a nude woman in a canoe represents the Indian Legend of Lelawala the Maid of the Mist, who saved her people from a mysterious illness by sacrificing herself and going over the falls to appease the Thunder God Hinum.
As the story goes, the two sons of Hinum caught Lelawala as she went down and she promised to marry the one who told her why her people were ill. Turns out it was because a snake was poisoning the water and then eating the dead. The people then speared the snake and when it died, it died in a horseshoe shape...which is what gave Niagara Falls its shape. If you Google the legend, you can read a couple of very good versions of the tale.
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