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Primary Object
Decorative Spoon
Artist/Maker
Charles M. Robbins Company
Title/Object Name
Spoon, salt
Date
Circa 1920 - 1940
Medium
Sterling Silver
Dimensions

L –2”

Artifact Descriptions
Salt spoon with a design of oranges, leaves and blossoms.  Raincross symbol with the words “Mission Inn” on the handle.  On the back of the spoon are the Raincross symbol and oranges with the words “Riverside, Calif.”
Artifact Origin Map
Attleboro, Massachusetts 
The Collections Citrus | Decorative Spoon
Decorative Spoon

Updated: October 8, 2006

his spoon was one of many items once sold in the Cloister Gift Shop of the Mission Inn. Despite the small size of the spoon, the manufacturer successfully incorporated oranges into its design.

The shop was located near the lobby of the hotel. Items available for sale included books, crosses, statuary, Native American crafts, artwork, bells, postcards, and spoons. Guests could also buy a piece of furniture, artwork, or other objects from their hotel room. Some items were custom-made for the hotel. The Inn hired craftsmen to build furniture and other wooden articles in a wood working shop across 6 th Street.

Just as Frank Miller and his family collected bells, dolls, crosses, and aviation insignias, some people collect souvenir spoons commemorating Civil War battlefields, cities, states, famous people, bridges, ships, and animals, among other things. These souvenir spoons are usually for display, not for daily use. Marks on the backs of the spoons often indicate where they were made. The spoon with the oranges and the Raincross symbol is known as a salt spoon. Such spoons are not widely used today; at one time, however, it was common to keep a small bowl of salt on the table with a salt spoon, rather than a saltshaker. Some table settings included smaller individual salt dishes and tiny spoons for each person.

Online Links & Resources

Salt Institute
http://www.saltinstitute.org

Silver Institute
http://www.silverinstitute.org

Bibliography
  • Rainwater, Dorothy and Donna Felger. (1992). Spoons Around the World.
    Atglen, PA: Schiffer Publishing.
 
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