We have here another wonderful find in this group of Four Battleship Demi-Tasse-size Spoons.
Their Undersides are all clearly marked ‘Extra Coin Silverplate’. Each one is about 4 1/2 inches long and together, they weigh about 1 and one third ounces.
What a wonderful find they are for the Battleship or American Naval Collector. Three of the spoons appear to be from the same Battleship set with similar design, have intricate pattern both front and back as well as the inscription ‘Good Luck’ on each of their 3 handles. In addition, there is a beautifully executed horse head on each of the three spoons in this group as follows:
Battleship Indiana – Upper portion of spoon’s bowl is engraved with ‘Battleship’ while lower portion is engraved with ‘Indiana’. The USS INDIANA was one of the newest American battleships in 1898. She took part in the destruction of the Spanish Fleet at the Battle of Santiago off Cuba on July 3, one of the two major naval engagements of the war.
Battleship Iowa – Upper portion of spoon’s bowl is engraved with ‘Battleship’ while lower portion is engraved with Iowa. The USS IOWA was the very newest American battleship in the Spanish-American War. USS IOWA was assigned to the Atlantic Fleet, and was ordered to blockade duty off Santiago de Cuba on May 28, 1898.
Battleship Maine – Upper portion of spoon’s bowl is engraved with ‘Battleship Maine’ while lower portion is engraved with ‘Destroyed Feb 15 1898’. The explosion and her subsequent sinking precipitated the commencement of the Spanish-American War – hence the slogan “Remember the Maine”.
The Fourth Spoon in this little Quartet represents the U.S. Cruiser Olympia. This little spoon is slightly different than the three above-described. Upper portion of bowl is marked ‘U.S. Cruiser’ while lower portion says ‘Olympia’. Upon the handle is the inscription ‘Admiral Dewey’. At the tip of the handle we see a lovely engraving of the Admiral’s face. The underside of this spoon is fairly smooth with no heavy engravings. It does have some very classic swirl edge detail. The Olympia was launched in San Francisco in 1892, was very active in the Spanish American War under George Dewey and also participated in World War I. She is currently a United States National Historic Landmark.
Because of the very fine detailing on these small spoons, we have provided photographs which give much of their richness and depth as well as 2 Scans. These are the final two photographs.
They are in what appears to be in good vintage condition with perhaps some surface wear as well as age-related patina. Just give them a gentle cleaning and they will surely be a glorious addition to your collection or for that of the collector in your life.
They are sure to not only maintain, but to increase in value as more time goes by. They will surely become heirlooms for your future generations.