ADDITIONAL L. D. ANDERSON SANTA CATALINA ISLAND SPOONS NOT IN SCIF ARCHIVES

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ADDITIONAL L. D. ANDERSON SANTA CATALINA ISLAND SPOONS NOT IN SCIF ARCHIVES

L. D. Anderson Long Beach-engraved spoon bowl with
Santa Catalina Island element
L. D. Anderson art deco spoon with
bowl engraved with Avalon Bay scene
Los Angeles Cal. engraved on handle end
This delicate “Art Deco” style spoon, although marked “L.D.A.”, is reported to likely be a design or product of the Roger Williams Silver Co. (patented 189-?). It features an engraved inscription, “Los Angeles Cal”, on the handle and a simple impressionistic view of Avalon Bay engraved on the bowl. At least two very similarly decorated and inscribed spoons have been observed. The engraved bowl caption (Caption 5) may appear as either “Catalina Is. Bay” or “Bay Catalina Is.”. The very simple, impressionistic Avalon Bay scene depicts the overall setting of Avalon Bay, featuring hillsides and shoreline. Minimal man-made elements are included, limited to a single pier, and two simple buildings, one perhaps representing the Hotel Metropole? Boats and Holly Hill House are notably absent. The date of this engraved spoon remains enigmatic. The depicted Sugarloaf Point configuration points to a pre 1906 date, but beyond that, there is little else to suggest its possible age. [Harry Merrick]
L. D. Anderson Catalina Island engraved script in bowl
fish and net on handle end