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[[File:CMR maker.png|350px|thumbnail|right|<center>Charles M. Robbins maker's mark </center>]]
 
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[[File:Robbins mark cropped.jpg|350px|thumbnail|right|<center>Charles M. Robbins maker's mark post 1930 </center>]]
[[File:SCIF Robbins demi.png|350px|thumbnail|right|<center> CATALINA ISLE [stem]<br>Pierced handle: 1 pier; Metropole; Sugar Loaf<br> plain bowl <br>plain reverse <br> Charles M. Robbins <br> 3-¼"<br>[original in SCIF archives] </center>]]
 
 
 
[[File:C.M. Robbins.png|250px|thumbnail|right|<center>shell; OLD BEN, SUGAR LOAF, TUNA [above]<br> CASINO, GLASS BOTTOM BOAT, FLYING FISH [reverse] <br> Charles M. Robbins <br> 4-¼"<br>[original in SCIF archives] </center>]]
 
  
 
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According to Santa Catalina Island souvenir spoon expert, Dr. Harry V. Merrick:  “All of Robbins’ Catalina spoons are, in a sense, specialty spoons created especially for the Catalina tourist trade, as all prominently display captions containing “Catalina” (either “Catalina Island” or more frequently “Catalina Isle” on their stems, even those spoons displaying general non-Catalina themes, like fruit and flowers, and California landmarks and attractions.  Robbins updated their spoon designs relatively frequently to reflect the changing landscape and tourist attractions at Catalina.  Besides producing sterling spoons they also produced “pearl silver” (nickel silver or silver plated) souvenir spoons.  Although Robbins produced one embossed bowl design with a ca. 1910-1915 Avalon Bay scene, it appears very infrequently.  Moreover, Robbins did not apply it to a wide variety of spoon designs as was the practice of most other prominent Catalina spoon manufacturers producing Catalina scene embossed bowls.  Most of Robbins’ Catalina demitasse spoons are simply miniature versions of their teaspoon designs.”
 
According to Santa Catalina Island souvenir spoon expert, Dr. Harry V. Merrick:  “All of Robbins’ Catalina spoons are, in a sense, specialty spoons created especially for the Catalina tourist trade, as all prominently display captions containing “Catalina” (either “Catalina Island” or more frequently “Catalina Isle” on their stems, even those spoons displaying general non-Catalina themes, like fruit and flowers, and California landmarks and attractions.  Robbins updated their spoon designs relatively frequently to reflect the changing landscape and tourist attractions at Catalina.  Besides producing sterling spoons they also produced “pearl silver” (nickel silver or silver plated) souvenir spoons.  Although Robbins produced one embossed bowl design with a ca. 1910-1915 Avalon Bay scene, it appears very infrequently.  Moreover, Robbins did not apply it to a wide variety of spoon designs as was the practice of most other prominent Catalina spoon manufacturers producing Catalina scene embossed bowls.  Most of Robbins’ Catalina demitasse spoons are simply miniature versions of their teaspoon designs.”
  
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Robbins is one of only two makers to include the Hotel Metropole on a manufactured spoon. (J. Mayer & Bros. figural tuna spoon is the other.) It appears on the reverse of a C.M. Robbins spoon featuring Sugarloaf Rock, a tuna and "Catalina Island" on the front.  If one can rely on the image of the glass bottom boat on the reverse, which appears very "Emperor" like, a date of ca. 1912 is probable. [H. V. Merrick]
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* [[ADDITIONAL C. M. ROBBINS CO. SANTA CATALINA ISLAND SPOONS NOT IN SCIF ARCHIVES]]
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[[File:Screen Shot 2020-11-28 at 9.29.39 PM.png|650px|thumbnail|center|<center> Stem: CATALINA ISLAND <br> Bowl: plain<br>Top: Pierced handle: AVALON; 1 pier; steamship; Metropole; '''Sugar Loaf '''<br>Reverse: plain  <br>Maker: Charles M. Robbins (3-part hallmark)<br> Length: 5-⅝"<br>[original in SCIF archives: Haffey Family CollectIon] </center>]]
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[[File:Robbins Oranges.png|650px|thumbnail|center|<center> Stem: CATALINA ISLE <br> Bowl: plain<br>Top: pierced Oranges pattern<br>Reverse: plain <br>Maker: Charles M. Robbins (3-part hallmark)<br> Length: 5-⅜" <br>[original in SCIF archives: Putnam Collection] </center>]]
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[[File:Robbins Old Ben 2.png|650px|thumbnail|center|<center> Stem: CATALINA ISLE <br> Bowl: plain<br>Top: scallop; OLD BEN; NEW CASINO; TUNA; CATALINA ISLE<br>Reverse: GLASS BOTTOM BOAT; SEA HORSE; FLYING FISH <br>Maker: Charles M. Robbins, post 1929 (3-part hallmark)<br> Length: 5-¼"<br>[original in SCIF archives: Putnam Collection] </center>]]
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[[File:Robbins Hotel.png|650px|thumbnail|center|<center> Stem: CATALINA ISLAND <br> Bowl: plain<br>Top: SUGAR LOAF; TUNA; CATALINA ISLAND<br>Reverse: GLASS BOTTOM BOAT; FLYING FISH; HOTEL [Metropole, which burned in 1915] <br>Maker: Charles M. Robbins (3-part hallmark)<br> Length: 5-⅛"<br>[original in SCIF archives] </center>]]
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[[File:Screen Shot 2021-02-22 at 8.58.00 AM.png|650px|thumbnail|center|<center> Stem: CATALINA ISLAND <br> Bowl: plain<br>Top: AVALON; TUNA; ST. CATHERINE; CATALINA ISLE [see spoon below] <br>Reverse: GLASS BOTTOM BOAT; SEA HORSE; FLYING FISH <br>Maker: Charles M. Robbins (3-part hallmark)<br> Length: 5-¾"<br>[original in SCIF archives] </center>]]
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[[File:Shepard AVALON BAY.png|650px|thumbnail|center|<center> Stem: CATALINA ISLAND <br> Bowl: plain<br>Top: AVALON; TUNA; ST. CATHERINE; CATALINA ISLE<br>Reverse: plain <br>Maker: Charles M. Robbins (later Pennant R mark)<br>Note: This spoon is the same as the one above, but with a plain reverse and later Pennant R mark<br> Length: 5-¾"<br>[original in SCIF archives: Haffey Family Collection] </center>]]
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[[File:H3.png|650px|thumbnail|center|<center> Stem: CATALINA ISLAND <br> Bowl: plain<br>Pierced handle: AVALON; 1 pier; steamship; Metropole; '''Casino'''<br>Reverse: plain <br> Maker: Charles M. Robbins (later Pennant R mark)<br> Length: 5-¾"<br>[original in SCIF archives: Haffey Family Collection] </center>]]
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[[File:ROBBINS OLD BEN.png|650px|thumbnail|center|<center>Stem: CATALINA ISLE <br>Bowl: plain<br> Top: shell; OLD BEN, SUGAR LOAF, TUNA <br> Reverse: CASINO, GLASS BOTTOM BOAT, FLYING FISH<br> Maker: Charles M. Robbins (3-part hallmark)<br> Length: 4-¼"<br>[original in SCIF archives] </center>]]
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[[File:Screen Shot 2020-11-28 at 8.34.06 PM.png|650px|thumbnail|center|<center> Stem: CATALINA ISLAND <br>Bowl: plain<br>Pierced handle: 1 pier; steamship; Metropole; Sugar Loaf<br>Reverse: plain  <br> Maker: Charles M. Robbins (3-part hallmark)<br> Length: 4"<br>[original in SCIF archives: Haffey Family Collection] </center>]]
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[[File:SCIF Robbins demi.png|650px|thumbnail|center|<center> Stem: CATALINA ISLAND <br> Bowl: plain<br>Pierced handle: 1 pier; Metropole; Sugar Loaf<br>Reverse: plain  <br> Maker: Charles M. Robbins (3-part hallmark)<br> Length: 3-¼"<br>[original in SCIF archives] </center>]]
  
[[File:Robbins pre 1929 ladle.png|350px|thumbnail|left|<center>Robbins ladle </center>]]
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[[File:H11.png|650px|thumbnail|center|<center> Stem: CATALINA ISLE <br> Bowl: plain<br>Top: Pierced Oranges pattern<br>Reverse: plain  <br>Maker: Charles M. Robbins (3-part hallmark)<br> Length: 3-¼"<br>[original in SCIF archives: Haffey Family Collection] </center>]]

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Charles M. Robbins maker's mark
Charles M. Robbins maker's mark post 1930

CATALINA SOUVENIR SPOONS: CHARLES M. ROBBINS CO., ATTLEBORO, MA

The C.M. Robbins Co. of Attleboro, MA (1892 – present) was one of the more prolific producers of Catalina souvenir spoons, including both teaspoon and demitasse sizes. Charles May Robbins (1856-1929) founded the Chas M. Robbins Company in 1892 and ran it for the next 18 years. Having become wealthy, he retired from it in 1910. In 1912 the company renamed itself to Robbins Company. The company grew to become a dynamic force in the jewelry manufacturing business, earning a unique place in history as a manufacturer of military badges, Olympic medals and NASA medallions to name a few.


Charles May Robbins (1856-1929) = [1885] Lucy B. Pratt (1854- )

1. Lawrence Brigham Robbins (1886-1953?) [born in NY]
2. Chester May Robbins (1895-1973) [born in MA] = Ruth Johnson


C. M. Robbins died on September 13, 1929 in Attleboro, Massachusetts at age 73. He is buried in Woodlawn Cemetery, Attleboro, MA.


According to Santa Catalina Island souvenir spoon expert, Dr. Harry V. Merrick: “All of Robbins’ Catalina spoons are, in a sense, specialty spoons created especially for the Catalina tourist trade, as all prominently display captions containing “Catalina” (either “Catalina Island” or more frequently “Catalina Isle” on their stems, even those spoons displaying general non-Catalina themes, like fruit and flowers, and California landmarks and attractions. Robbins updated their spoon designs relatively frequently to reflect the changing landscape and tourist attractions at Catalina. Besides producing sterling spoons they also produced “pearl silver” (nickel silver or silver plated) souvenir spoons. Although Robbins produced one embossed bowl design with a ca. 1910-1915 Avalon Bay scene, it appears very infrequently. Moreover, Robbins did not apply it to a wide variety of spoon designs as was the practice of most other prominent Catalina spoon manufacturers producing Catalina scene embossed bowls. Most of Robbins’ Catalina demitasse spoons are simply miniature versions of their teaspoon designs.”

Robbins is one of only two makers to include the Hotel Metropole on a manufactured spoon. (J. Mayer & Bros. figural tuna spoon is the other.) It appears on the reverse of a C.M. Robbins spoon featuring Sugarloaf Rock, a tuna and "Catalina Island" on the front. If one can rely on the image of the glass bottom boat on the reverse, which appears very "Emperor" like, a date of ca. 1912 is probable. [H. V. Merrick]


Hotel Metropole manufactured feature on handle reverse
variant Hotel Metropole manufactured feature
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Stem: CATALINA ISLAND
Bowl: plain
Top: Pierced handle: AVALON; 1 pier; steamship; Metropole; Sugar Loaf
Reverse: plain
Maker: Charles M. Robbins (3-part hallmark)
Length: 5-⅝"
[original in SCIF archives: Haffey Family CollectIon]


Stem: CATALINA ISLE
Bowl: plain
Top: pierced Oranges pattern
Reverse: plain
Maker: Charles M. Robbins (3-part hallmark)
Length: 5-⅜"
[original in SCIF archives: Putnam Collection]


Stem: CATALINA ISLE
Bowl: plain
Top: scallop; OLD BEN; NEW CASINO; TUNA; CATALINA ISLE
Reverse: GLASS BOTTOM BOAT; SEA HORSE; FLYING FISH
Maker: Charles M. Robbins, post 1929 (3-part hallmark)
Length: 5-¼"
[original in SCIF archives: Putnam Collection]


Stem: CATALINA ISLAND
Bowl: plain
Top: SUGAR LOAF; TUNA; CATALINA ISLAND
Reverse: GLASS BOTTOM BOAT; FLYING FISH; HOTEL [Metropole, which burned in 1915]
Maker: Charles M. Robbins (3-part hallmark)
Length: 5-⅛"
[original in SCIF archives]


Stem: CATALINA ISLAND
Bowl: plain
Top: AVALON; TUNA; ST. CATHERINE; CATALINA ISLE [see spoon below]
Reverse: GLASS BOTTOM BOAT; SEA HORSE; FLYING FISH
Maker: Charles M. Robbins (3-part hallmark)
Length: 5-¾"
[original in SCIF archives]


Stem: CATALINA ISLAND
Bowl: plain
Top: AVALON; TUNA; ST. CATHERINE; CATALINA ISLE
Reverse: plain
Maker: Charles M. Robbins (later Pennant R mark)
Note: This spoon is the same as the one above, but with a plain reverse and later Pennant R mark
Length: 5-¾"
[original in SCIF archives: Haffey Family Collection]


Stem: CATALINA ISLAND
Bowl: plain
Pierced handle: AVALON; 1 pier; steamship; Metropole; Casino
Reverse: plain
Maker: Charles M. Robbins (later Pennant R mark)
Length: 5-¾"
[original in SCIF archives: Haffey Family Collection]


Stem: CATALINA ISLE
Bowl: plain
Top: shell; OLD BEN, SUGAR LOAF, TUNA
Reverse: CASINO, GLASS BOTTOM BOAT, FLYING FISH
Maker: Charles M. Robbins (3-part hallmark)
Length: 4-¼"
[original in SCIF archives]
Stem: CATALINA ISLAND
Bowl: plain
Pierced handle: 1 pier; steamship; Metropole; Sugar Loaf
Reverse: plain
Maker: Charles M. Robbins (3-part hallmark)
Length: 4"
[original in SCIF archives: Haffey Family Collection]
Stem: CATALINA ISLAND
Bowl: plain
Pierced handle: 1 pier; Metropole; Sugar Loaf
Reverse: plain
Maker: Charles M. Robbins (3-part hallmark)
Length: 3-¼"
[original in SCIF archives]
Stem: CATALINA ISLE
Bowl: plain
Top: Pierced Oranges pattern
Reverse: plain
Maker: Charles M. Robbins (3-part hallmark)
Length: 3-¼"
[original in SCIF archives: Haffey Family Collection]