Sterling Silver Shrine Spoon

from the 28th Imperial Council Session

held in San Francisco, California in 1902

This beautiful spoon is from the 28th Imperial Council Session held June 10th, 1902 at Golden Gate Hall in San Francisco.  It has a deep-relief handle, a portrait of the Imperial Potentate, applied scimitar with the traditional camel pulling along new initiates who are told "Don't let go of the rope!" (which is the camel's tail) often reenacted annually at local Shrine Ceremonials!  Ha! Ha!  The scimitar and several elements of the handle are gold washed.  Also depicted is the bear, an emblem on the Great Seal of the State of California.  The heavily gold washed two-tone bowl has more Shrine symbolism, a beautiful engraving of the Cliff House and clipper ship, and reads, “CLIFF HOUSE SAN FRANCISCO JUNE 9 TO 15 1902”. Reverse of handle shows other traditional California views (warrior, miner) and reads “Designed & Copyrighted by A. Andrews Diamond Palace S.F. Cal. 849."  This is a very scarce and heavy spoon. It measures over 5 1/2 inches in length and was made by Sheibler.

A special "Thanks" is given to Beth Jacobson, an avid spooner and collector for submitting her pictures and description of this wonderful spoon. 




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