Since the birth of the remarkable fashion of collecting and conferring souvenir spoons, designers and manufacturers have exercised all their ingenuity to produce a spoon that would be distinctly appropriate to the birthday ; but they have heretofore been scarcely successful, the combinations of representations of tokens of love with conventional floral effects being their principal achievements. Not only have these articles been inappropriate—from a strict sense—in design, but the peculiarity of their construction has rendered them impractical for use.
It has remained for the Gorham Mfg. Co. to produce a radical novelty in this line, which has proved an instant success not only by reason of its originality of design, but also by reason of its being thoroughly practical. As an inexpensive but substantial and finely finished present, it has much intrinsic value. These birthday spoons are fully illustrated on pages 10 and 11 of this issue. As may be seen, there is a spoon to represent each month of the year, the complete set comprising 12 different dies. The general outlines of all the spoons are the same, being unusually graceful and pretty, without unsightly and interfering projections. In the panels in the upper part of the handles appear well executed representations in relief of the Signs of the Zodiac, each month showing its proper sign. Along the stems of the handles are the names of the months in artistic but distinct letters, while from a point near the juncture of the handle with the bowl, starts a charming effect of floral work, extending into the bowl. This floral work is one of the most interesting features of the design, and must have required considerable thought and observation in the making of the proper selection, for the flower embodied in each case is peculiar to the month represented by the spoon on which it appears; January, snowdrop; February, primrose; March, violet; April, daisy; May, hawthorn; June, wild rose; July, water lily; August, poppy; September, morning glory; October, hop (“brown October ale ”) ; November, chrysanthemum; and December, holly.
It will be inferred from the foregoing description that the Birthday Spoon is entirely appropriate to occasions when the regular souvenir spoon is not. It is undoubtedly the only permanent successor of the popular souvenir spoon fad.
Source: The Jewelers' Circular and Horological Review - 16th May 1894
The Susan B. Anthony souvenir spoon was issued by Mrs. M.B. Logan of Rochester, New York in 1891:
Mrs. M.B. Logan - Rochester, N.Y. - 1891
SUSAN B. ANTHONY SPOON
Whatever may be prevalence of opinion regarding the political views of Susan B. Anthony, there are enough thousands of adherents to warrant the production of a souvenir spoon in commemoration of her, and it may be predicted that it will have one of the widest sales. The conception of this spoon is due to Mrs.M. B. Logan, 23 N. Fitzhugh St., Rochester, N. Y., who is to be congratulated upon her enterprise. The spoon itself, as illustrated here, is a pretty one, while the likeness of the reformer is perfect. The portrait is enclosed in a wreath of laurel, below which are the words “Susan B. Anthony,” and “ Political Equality.” The spoon is made only in coffee size.
Source: The Jewelers' Circular and Horological Review - 16th December 1891