CATALINA SOUVENIR SPOONS: FESSENDEN & CO., PROVIDENCE, RI

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Fessenden embossed spoon bowl: Catalina Island. Cal.

CATALINA SOUVENIR SPOONS: FESSENDEN & CO., PROVIDENCE, RI

(1858-1922). Manufacturers of fancy souvenir spoons, flatware, novelties and holloware. Founded in the 1850s as Whiting Fessenden & Cowan. The name was changed to Wm. P. Fessenden &Co. (1858) and Fessenden & Company in 1860. They went out of business in the 1920s.

According to Catalina spoon historian, Harry Merrick, on currently available evidence, the Fessenden & Co. firm is not known to have designed a special Catalina teaspoon with distinctive Catalina landmarks and attractions, but they did produce an Avalon scene, a northwestward looking view of Avalon Bay, which they embossed on the bowls of at least two of their generic pattern teaspoons. The more common of those spoons was a Southern California Mission themed spoon featuring the San Gabriel Mission and fruits on the front of the handle and the Santa Barbara Mission and “California” on the reverse. The second known Fessenden pattern with their Avalon scene embossed bowl was an art nouveau style floral pattern spoon. (a photo for the latter is not available.)


Manufacturer's bowl caption

  • CATALINA ISLAND. CAL.


Fessenden embossed spoon, Catalina Island. Cal. on a San Gabriel Mission pattern spoon
not in SCIF archives