CATALINA SOUVENIR SPOONS: H. H. TAMMEN CURIO CO., DENVER, CO

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CATALINA SOUVENIR SPOONS: H. H. TAMMEN CURIO CO., DENVER, CO

  • Avalon Bay, Catalina Island Cal.

Henry Heye Tammen (1856-1924), was born in Baltimore, Maryland on March 6, 1856, the son of a German immigrant pharmacist. He attended Knapps Academy in Baltimore, then worked in Philadelphia before moving to Denver in 1880. With his partner Charles A. Stuart he worked as a Denver bartender in 1880, and in 1881 they established the firm of H.H. Tammen & Co. (which in 1896 became the H.H. Tammen Curio Co., with partners Carl Litzenberger and Joseph Cox ) in Denver, Colorado. The company became the Thrift Novelty Co. sometime after 1957.

Tammen produced Santa Catalina Island post cards as well as sterling silver spoons:


Tammen makers mark
Tammen spoon bowl



AVALON BAY, CATALINA ISLAND CAL.
Tammen spoon
5-⅝"
[original in SCIF archives: Haffey Family Collection; 2020.4.H4]
AVALON BAY, CATALINA ISLAND CAL.
Tammen spoon
5-½"
[original in SCIF archives: Kwiat Collection; 2021.37.AK]
Stem: CATALINA
Bowl: plain
Top: AVALON BAY
Maker: Only marked STERLING. Tammen [?] Bell Trading Post [?]
Tammen and Bell made identical coffee spoons to this unmarked teaspoon.
5-⅝"
[original in SCIF archives: Haffey Family Collection; 2020.6.H6]



AVALON BAY CATALINA
Tammen coffee spoon
post 1929
4-¼"
[original in SCIF archives: Putnam Collection; 2020.30.SP6]


AVALON BAY CATALINA
Tammen coffee spoon; pierced
post 1929
4-¼"
[original in SCIF archives: 2022.4]