DESCRIPTION/CONDITION: PLEASE NOTE: The spoon pictured is an identical spoon to the one for sail with equivalent wear expect that the hallmark is more visible on this one.
This highly detailed souvenir spoon commemorates the 400 year anniversary of the voyage of Christopher Columbus in 1492, who was credited as discovering America, although he was preceded by the Norse some 500 years earlier, led by Leif Ericson.
The bowl is embossed with one of Columbus' ships, most likely the Santa Maria, sailing on the ocean. On the handle's back is a globe with "1492-1893" inscribed across it. Beneath the globe is inscribed: "The World's Columbian Exposition Seal Chicago Illinois USA". Around the seal it says, "Organized August 14, (year)"-- the year is difficult to read.
Forty-six nations participated in the Chicago's World Fair. The Exposition drew nearly 26 million visitors. It left a remembered vision that inspired the Emerald City of L. Frank Baum's Land of Oz and Walt Disney's theme parks. Disney's father Elias had been a construction worker on some of the buildings at the fair.
The Columbian Exposition inspired many spoon designs, including William Roger's "Columbia", a highly collectible silverplate pattern.
This spoon is in very good condition, showing average pattern wear, but no nicks, dings, dents, bends, breaks, repairs, etc. Great addition to any collection!
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