Beautifully made and VERY old Sterling Silver Souvenir Spoon from Chicago with a Native American head on the end.
The spoon part is in great, smooth condition with no dents. The stem has the city CHICAGO written in an unusual script up the stem, and at the top of the rounded tip is a very detailed profile of a Native American. During the mid 18th Century, the area of Chicago was inhabited by a Native American tribe known as the Potawatomi, who had taken the place of the Miami and Sauk and Fox peoples.
In 1795, following the Northwest Indian War, an area that was to be part of Chicago was turned over by some Native Americans in the "Treaty of Greenville" to the United States for a military post.
The Potawatomi Tribe were eventually forcibly removed from their land following the "Treaty of Chicago" in 1833. Following this, on August 12, 1833 the Town of Chicago was organized with a population of around 200 people. Within 7 years it would grow to a population of over 4,000. In 1837 it became incorporated into a City.
This spoon dates from the turn of the century. The back handle is stamped "STERLING" with the makers mark next to it. Those who collect American Sterling Spoons know that the ones with Native Americans on them are some of the most valuable and sought after designs.
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