CATALINA SOUVENIR SPOONS: R. WALLACE AND SONS MFG., WALLINGFORD, CT

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CATALINA SOUVENIR SPOONS: R. WALLACE AND SONS MFG., WALLINGFORD, CT

1871-present. Major manufacturer, full line flatware and holloware. Currently named Wallace Silversmiths. According to Santa Catalina Island spoon historian, Harry V. Merrick, the R. Wallace and Sons Manufacturing Company of Wallingford CT (1871-present) appears to have produced just a single Catalina specialty spoon design with Catalina Isle in block letters at the end of the handle above Sugar Loaf. It does not appear that they produced this design in demitasse spoons, nor designed a Catalina embossed bowl scene to apply to their specialty spoon or any other of their pattern spoons. There are spoons by Wallace with Avalon-scene engraved bowls, as well as with plain bowls engraved with Catalina text.

R. Wallace maker's marks
R. Wallace maker's mark


ADDITIONAL R. WALLACE & SONS SANTA CATALINA ISLAND SPOONS NOT IN SCIF ARCHIVES


Engraved initials R.F.G.
CATALINA ISL CAL.
Wallace spoon
R.F.G.
5-⅞"
[original in SCIF archives]
This spoon can be dated c. 1906-1907 through knowledge of the name of the owner, whose initials, R. F. G., appear on the tuna. Rebecca Frances Goodin (1883-1939) visited the island sometime prior to her marriage to W. C. Beauchamp on July 3, 1907, at which time her last initial would have changed.



CATALINA ISL. CAL.
Wallace spoon
Lily of the Valley pattern [pat. 1905]
3-¾"
[original in SCIF archives]
This pattern is from the Floral Series, first introduced in 1905.