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Canadian Antique Silver Indian Spoon - Brandon College, Manitoba     Order Form     Request more information
Reference: S1489
Period: Victorian
Year: 1901
Silversmith: Ellis & Co
Place: Toronto
Price: $ 200.00
Weight: 40 grams
Dimensions: 15.6 cm
Condition: Excellent - slight wear to back of spoon bowl from resting on table. Enamel perfect, no dents or scratches. Overall in pristine condition.

Description: A lovely example of an American souvenir spoon, which were very popular at the turn of the 20th century, and one of the finest we have encountered. The spoon depicts a Canadian Indian, complete with bow and arrows, tomahawk, feather headdress, Canada ribbon, and delightfully detailed moccasins. This is a rare spoon, the Indian here is not depicted in "Collectible Souvenir Spoons", the authority on souvenir spoons, by Wayne Bednersh. The spoon bowl depicts Brandon College, Brandon, Manitoba, and the Indian figure is holding the enamelled Royal Coat of Arms of the UK, with quarters of England, Scotland and Ireland, under the Royal Crown. This was used in Canada prior to the confederation in 1867, so it is a little mysterious why a Canadian spoon from 1900 is still using these arms. Brandon College was founded in 1899 as a Baptist institution, and was completed in 1901, this spoon would have commemorated the opening. Over 200 students of Brandon College fought during WWI, 2 were awarded the Victoria Cross. Brandon College became Brandon University in 1967. The hallmarks are clear, and include incuse "Sterling", and hallmarks anchor, maple leaf with E, and rampant lion. These are the marks of J.E. Ellis & Co. of King Street, Toronto, Ontario, who worked between 1877 and 1901, when the business was sold at auction (meaning this was one of the last spoons they produced). The partners were James E. Ellis and MT Cain (Canadian Silversmiths, Langdon, pg. 69). This spoon was depicted on the front cover of "The Finial", Vol 20/01, September 09, a rare honour. The Finial is the journal of the Silver Spoon Club of Great Britain.
Canadian Antique Silver Indian Spoon - Brandon College, Manitoba
Canadian Silver Indian Spoon - Brandon College

Canadian Antique Silver Indian Spoon - Brandon College, Manitoba
Front and back

Canadian Antique Silver Indian Spoon - Brandon College, Manitoba
Canadian Coat of Arms

Canadian Antique Silver Indian Spoon - Brandon College, Manitoba
Brandon College, Manitoba

Canadian Antique Silver Indian Spoon - Brandon College, Manitoba
Datail showing moccasins

Canadian Antique Silver Indian Spoon - Brandon College, Manitoba
Hallmarks

Canadian Antique Silver Indian Spoon - Brandon College, Manitoba
Scale

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