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Souvenir Spoon Auction - #125

Lot 422 to Lot 431

NOTE: pictures of spoons were taken prior to being cleaned. All spoons have now been cleaned; if you want pictures of the cleaned spoon, please request.



422-ml.St. John Divine Spoon. Hdle obv. St. John the Divine Spoon. BL: emb vw of the Church. MK: Shiebler. Sterling. Retailer: Mauser Mfg. Co. [6 ¼']. MB: $495







423-ml. Indian + Hotel Champlain. Indian Chief (Warrior) Champlain Hotel. Handle Obverse: Full figure Indian Chief, facing left. Magnificent sculptural details of the body. Note: headdress, bow & buckskin loin cloth and the facial expression, Handle Reverse: reverse shows a wonderful treatment of the headdress + quiver with arrows hanging from shoulder. Bowl: bright-cut engraved view of "Hotel Champlain. Plattsburgh, N.Y." MK: Shepard. Sterling. Length: 5 ¾ inches. MB: $285

More about Hotel Champlain: "The Hotel Champlain on Bluff Point, the most commanding Promontory on Lake Champlain, three miles south of Plattsburgh, New York, overlooks an unrivalled landscape of mountains, lakes, forest and intervale. First opened in 1890, it was at once recognized as a leading summer resort, unequalled in location and management."






424-ml. Indian + Duluth. Sterling Silver Souvenir Spoon. Indian Chief (Warrior) Aerial Bridge, High School, S.S. Northwest (ship) Duluth Minnesota. Handle Obverse: Full figure Indian Chief, facing left. Magnificent sculptural details of the body. Note: headdress, bow & buckskin loin cloth and the facial expression. Handle Reverse: reverse shows a wonderful treatment of the headdress + quiver with arrows hanging from shoulder. Bowl: embossed views  of  "Duluth"  + "Aerial Bridge" + "High School"  + S.S. Northwest." MK: Shepard. Sterling. Length: 5 ¾ inches. MB: $285






425-ml. Indian + Water Works Park. Indianapolis. Indian Chief (Warrior) Water Works Park. Detroit, Michigan. Handle Obverse: Full figure Indian Chief, facing left. Magnificent sculptural details of the body. Note: headdress, bow & buckskin loin cloth and the facial expression. Handle Reverse: reverse shows a wonderful treatment of the headdress + quiver with arrows hanging from shoulder. Bowl: embossed view of  "Water Works Park. Detroit, Mich." MK: Shepard. Sterling. Length: 5 ¾ inches.  MB: $285




More about Water Works Park, Detroit, Michigan – which has been called a gateway to the past.

The main function of the site was to supply water to metropolitan Detroit, but the water commissioners had intended the grounds to be used as a public park as well. At one time, the park included a curving lagoon, where children could wade and navigate small sailboats, tennis courts, a baseball diamond, a picnic area, teeter-totters and swings.

In the middle 1870s, the City Water Works purchased the parcel of land, then well outside the city, from Peter Van Avery. Among the first structures erected were the stand-pipe tower and Pumping Station No. 1, the city's only pumping station until 1914.

Built in 1879, the station at its peak pumped 290 million gallons of water a day to thirsty Detroiters, but it was doomed by progress. The growing demands of the expanding city called for pumping stations to be placed throughout the area in order to maintain water pressure. The pumping station was not high on the list of tourist attractions, but the stand-pipe tower was an instant hit.

Once called "an architectural exclamation point," this slender minaret-like tower was built to provide an equal pressure for water being pumped into Detroit's water mains. Standing 185 feet tall, this brick structure covered an iron stairway that circled the stand-pipe up the middle that was the business part of the tower.

Climbing up the 202 winding steps of this stairway, one was given increasingly exalted views of the park below from the narrow windows in the brick structure. From a balcony at the top, one could see downtown Detroit. Children and adults alike enjoyed the challenges and rewards of climbing this stairway.

The standpipe tower provided breathtaking views of the park and the city.

In a letter to The Detroit News Town Talk editor George W. Stark, published March 11, 1945, William R. Carnegie of Grosse Pointe Park recalls his adventures with the tower:

"I address you as the protector and defender of the things that had to do with Detroit when the city could rightfully claim to be Detroit the Beautiful ... I made the acquaintance of the tower in the early days of its career. It had been up only 11 years when fate assigned me the task of seeing that the water did not freeze in the pipe and interfere with its use as a safety valve for the water mains.

"The architect hadn't thought of that and made no provision for heating the tower. A coal-burning stove was installed, but, as there was no chimney, the gas fumes had to find their way up the staircase and vents wherever they could find them. So, filling my lungs with good fresh air, I would dash up the spiral stairs as fast as I could, make sure that the pipe was free of ice and then get down as quickly as I could to avoid asphyxiation."

No one knows the cost of building this tower, but it won praise and honors as a splendid example of its type of architecture.

Council President John C. Lodge said, "It was the Empire State Building of its day..."

Its usefulness ended in1893 as new pumping stations came on line to keep up water pressure. But it stayed on as a tourist attraction until being found unsafe and unrepairable in 1945. City Council approved a $17,000 appropriation to have the tower razed. — Source + website: Detroit's Water Works Park a gateway to the past published by Detroit News by Laurie J. Marzejka (June 14, 2000)



426-ml. Indian + Lake Mohegan. Indian Chief (Warrior) —Lake Mohegan, New York. Handle Obverse: Full figure Indian Chief, facing left. Magnificent sculptural details of the body. Note: headdress, bow & buckskin loin cloth and the facial expression. Handle Reverse: reverse shows a wonderful treatment of the headdress + shield with decorative designs. Bowl: bright-cut engraved view of  "View from North End of Lake. Lake Mohegan, N.Y." MK: Banner H. Sterling. Length: 5 ½ inches. MB: $285






427-ml. Indian + Hotel Crossman. Alexander Bay. New York. Indian Chief (Warrior) —Hotel Crossman, Alexandria Bay, New York. Handle Obverse: Full figure Indian Chief, facing left. Magnificent sculptural details of the body. Note: headdress, bow & buckskin loin cloth and the facial expression. Handle Reverse: reverse shows a wonderful treatment of the headdress + shield with decorative designs. Bowl: bright-cut engraved view of  "Hotel Crossman. Alexandria Bay N.Y." MK: Banner H. Sterling. Length: 5 ½ inches. MB: $285

More about the Hotel: The Hotel Crossman is one of the grand hotels of the late 19th and early 20th  century. It was a recommended hotel on the AAA-Automobile Touring Route in the early decades of the 20th century. See the advertisement for "Crossman House " (also called Hotel Crossman).







428-ml. Indian Maiden + Great Barrington, Mass. Indian Maid (Girl) – Pocahontas. Handle Obverse: profile/front view of a Full Figure Indian Maid (identified usually as Pocahontas), wearing a magnificently detailed Indian dress; note headdress, necklaces and her demur face. Handle Reverse: embossed details show Indian Maid's headdress and the details of her dress as well as the sculptural quality of body (almost like the traditional "draped nude." Bowl: engraved "Great Barrington, Mass." MK: Sterling (possibly made by Watson)*** Length: 5 ¾ inches. MB: $285

*** This "Indian Girl" spoon is illustrated in the Watson & Newell Souvenir Spoon Catalog; see p. 19-822-2 and p. 22-822.







429-ml. Indian + Spokane (Washington). Hdle obv. Full Figure Indian Chief, facing left. Magnificent sculptural details depict the body. Hdle rev: reverse shows a wonderful treatment of the headdress + shield with decorative designs. BL: bright cut engraved in period script: "Spokane." MK: Banner  H. Sterling. [5 ¼"]. MB: $65






431-zw431-King Edward VII + Westminster Abbey. A truly magnificent spoon. Hdle obv. embossed view of King Edward VII + motto of British monarchs. BL: enameled view of "Westminster Abby." MK: B.H. + Anchor, Lion, b + REGd 385346. British Sterling. [6"]. MB: $2499.00

For the embossed (and plain) version of the above King Edward souvenir spoon, see above Lot 34-109.









 

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