CATALINA SOUVENIR SPOONS: WATSON CO., ATTLEBORO, MA

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Watson. Co. Pennant H maker's mark
pre-1906 and earliest
Watson. Co. Pennant W maker's mark
less common mark
Watson 3-part makers mark: crown; W; lion passant
later

CATALINA SOUVENIR SPOONS: WATSON CO., ATTLEBORO, MA

Research by Harry Merrick: The Watson Co. and its earlier incarnations, identified by various permutations of the names Watson and Newell and including a subsidiary, the Mechanics Sterling Co., were very active producers of Catalina souvenir teaspoons during the first few decades of the 20th century. Some of the most elaborate and quintessential Catalina souvenir teaspoons are their products.

For the most part Watson’s teaspoons are “old style”, decorated front and back, with bowls displaying an embossed Avalon Bay scene. They produced at least a half dozen specialty spoons, and frequently they (or other jewelers and engravers) associated a number of other Watson pattern spoons, including two very distinctive generic themed fishing patterns, with Catalina, via engraved inscriptions, engraved scenes and embossed bowl scenes.

Many of their early topically themed pattern spoons were illustrated on a page entitled “Spoons for the Sea Shore” in a Watson, Newell Co. catalog (ca. 1900-1910). It displayed the available Watson generic fishing and maritime theme spoons and one Watson Catalina specialty spoon (W-N #841) and provided the pattern number for each.

The history of maker’s marks attributed to the Watson Co. and its antecedent firms is a bit murky and not very precisely dated. Conventionally, three different marks are reportedly found on “Watson” produced spoons. The earliest is the “Pennant H” mark, which is also sometimes specifically attributed to the Mechanics Silver Co., the Watson flatware making subsidiary. A rarer “Pennant W” mark is also found occasionally. However, by far and away, the most common Watson mark is a three-part hallmark style mark, which according to C. McGlothlin (pers. com.) is likely to have first appeared in late 1905 or 1906.

Prior to about 1906 all "Watson" flatware (including souvenir spoons) were marked with a "Pennant H" mark that is frequently attributed to the Mechanics Silver Co. That is why you sometimes find "Watson" spoons listed as Mechanics Silver Co. and vice versa. The Mechanics Silver Co. was a wholly owned subsidiary of "Watson" (or Watson Newell, Watson and Newell, or whatever the then current permutation of the "Watson" firm's name was). I think they shared the same physical building as the Watson hollowware division.


CHRONOLOGY

Cobb, Gould & Co 1874 - 1880
Watson & Newell 1880 - 1886
Watson, Newell & Co 1887 - 1895
Watson & Newell Co 1895 - 1920
Watson Company 1920 - 1955
acquired by R. Wallace & Sons 1955


Catalogue: SOUVENIRS IN STERLING SILVER Watson & Newell Co. Attleboro, Mass. The Watson Co. was successor to Watson & Newell.


According to Harry Merrick:

Watson did just two embossed teaspoon-sized Avalon Bay scene bowl designs (posted below.)

  • AVALON. SANTA CATALINA.
  • AVALON SANTA CATALINA

There are spoons with a line photo etched bowl (posted below).

  • AVALON CATALINA ISLAND

There are spoons with manufactured Catalina elements with Avalon-scene engraved bowls:

  • CATALINA ISL CAL.


Watson embossed spoon bowl Type 1
Watson embossed spoon bowl Type 2















Watson line photo etched bowl
94
Avalon, Catalina Island, So. California
Charles Weidner, Photographer, San Francisco
undivided back
[original in SCIF archives]

















Watson manufactured spoon handle elements.

Watson manufactured handle element





Catalina Island Cal.
engraved bowl
Watson Co. (Catalogue p. 21)
Bead pattern (pat. 1890) designed by James Edward Strater
pennant H mark
5-½"
[original in SCIF archives]
Catalina Island Cal.
engraved bowl
Watson Co.
Phoebe pattern (pat. 1895) "Draped Girl" No. 266 (early version)
reverse engraved Nov. 1, 1896
pennant H mark
5-¾"
[original in SCIF archives]
This is the earliest known date-engraved Santa Catalina Island souvenir spoon
SUGAR LOAF CATALINA ISL.
engraved bowl scene of Sugar Loaf
Watson Co. Spoons for the Sea Shore (figural fish) No. 311 (Catalogue p. 37)
pennant H mark
5-½"
[original in SCIF archives: Haffey Family Collection]
CATALINA ISL CAL.
engraved bowl scene of Avalon Bay
Watson Co. Spoons for the Sea Shore (figural fish) No. 311 (Catalogue p. 37)
pennant H mark
5-½"
[original in SCIF archives: Haffey Family Collection]
AVALON CATALINA ISLAND
Watson embossed bowl Type 2
Watson Co. Spoons for the Sea Shore (figural fish) No. 311 (Catalogue p. 37)
pennant H mark
5-½"
[original in SCIF archives: Haffey Family Collection]
CATALINA ISL. CAL.
engraved bowl
Watson Co. Spoons for the Sea Shore No. 337 (Catalogue p. 37)
Top: rigging block; sailboat; fish; crab; shells
Reverse: rigging block; lighthouse; anchor, oar, boat hook; tree
pennant H mark
5-¼" inches
[original in SCIF archives]
AVALON CATALINA ISLAND
Watson embossed bowl Type 2
Watson Co. Spoons for the Sea Shore No. 337 (Catalogue p. 37)
Top: rigging block; sailboat; fish; crab; shells
Reverse: rigging block; lighthouse; anchor, oar, boat hook; tree
pennant H mark
5-¼" inches
[original in SCIF archives]
plain bowl
Watson Co. (California themed) (Catalogue p. 34)
Top: CALIFORNIA EUREKA; MISSION DOLORES; 1850 gold pan; crossed pick 7 shovel; CATALINA
Reverse: STATE CAPITOL; grapes; oranges
pennant H mark
5-½"
[original in SCIF archives: Putnam Collection]
Note: Variant states CATALINA on stem
AVALON CATALINA ISLAND
Watson embossed bowl Type 2
Watson Co. Spoons for the Sea Shore (Tuna —Special) No. 736 (Catalogue p. 37)
Top: rigging block; TUNA;
Reverse: GLASS BOTTOM BOAT; INCLINE RR; FLYING FISH; sea shells
pennant H mark
5-¼" inches
[original in SCIF archives; Merrick Collection]
AVALON CATALINA ISLAND
Watson embossed bowl Type 2
Watson Co. No. 841 (Catalogue p. 37)
Top: CA POPPY; SUGAR LOAF; GLASS BOTTOM BOAT [Cleopatra]; SEAL ROCK; tuna
Reverse: ANGELS FLIGHT; BLACK BASS WGT. 436 LBS; FLYING FISH; tuna
Pennant W hallmark
5-⅜" inches
photo courtesy of A. Kwiat
[original in SCIF archives]
AVALON CATALINA ISLAND
Watson embossed bowl Type 2
Watson Co. Rose No. 945 (Catalogue p. 10)
Top: Rose
Reverse: back of rose
three-part hallmark
5-⅜" inches
[original in SCIF archives]
CATALINA ISL CAL.
engraved bowl
Watson Co. No. 1010 (Catalogue p. 35)
Top: scallop; SUGAR LOAF; TUNA; SEAL ROCKS; ANGELS FLIGHT; CATALINA
Reverse: GLASS BOTTOM BOAT; FLYING FISH; rod and reel
three-part hallmark
5-¾"
[original in SCIF archives: Haffey Family Collection]
CATALINA ISLAND
plain bowl
Watson, pierced handle Avalon Bay scene
three-part hallmark
5-½"
[original in SCIF archives: Haffey Family Collection]



Watson also did two embossed demitasse-sized Avalon Bay scene bowl designs (posted below.) [Harry Merrick]

  • AVALON CATALINA ISLAND
Watson embossed demitasse spoon bowl Type 1
[Harry Merrick]
Watson embossed demitasse spoon bowl Type 2
[Harry Merrick]


INDIAN HEAD. Mining Spoon. No. 268 (Catalogue p. 40)
AVALON SANTA CATALINA
Watson engraved demitasse spoon bowl
Watson Pennant-H mark
4.25"
[original in SCIF archives]
FISH AND ROD
AVALON CATALINA ISLAND
Watson embossed coffee spoon bowl
Spoons for the Sea Shore No. 322 (Catalogue p. 37)
Watson marks: crown; W; lion passant
4-⅛"
[original in SCIF archives]
TURTLE AND FISH No. 339 (Catalogue p. 37)
AVALON CATALINA ISLAND
Watson embossed coffee spoon bowl
Watson Pennant-H mark
4"
[original in SCIF archives]
PINE CONES No. 517 (Catalogue p. 8)
AVALON CATALINA ISLAND
Watson embossed demitasse spoon bowl Type 1
Watson Pennant-H mark
3-⅝"
[original in SCIF archives: Putnam Collection]
HOLLY No. 665 (Catalogue p. 8)
AVALON CATALINA ISLAND
Watson engraved demitasse spoon bowl
Watson Pennant-H mark
3-¾"
[original in SCIF archives]
POPPY No. 681 (Catalogue p. 8)
AVALON CATALINA ISLAND
Watson embossed demitasse spoon bowl Type 1
Watson Pennant-H mark
3-¾"
[original in SCIF archives: Haffey Family Collection]
CALLA LILY No. 682 (Catalogue p. 8)
AVALON CATALINA ISLAND
Watson embossed demitasse spoon bowl Type 1
Watson Pennant-H mark
3-¾"
[original in SCIF archives: Haffey Family Collection]
ROSE No. 686
"Catalina"
engraved bowl
Watson Pennant-H mark
3-¾"
[original in SCIF archives]
CALIFORNIA [No. 687 in tea spoon size]
AVALON CATALINA ISLAND
Watson embossed demitasse spoon bowl Type 1
Watson marks: crown; W; lion passant
4"
[original in SCIF archives: Haffey Family Collection]


LADY IN A HAT No. 722 (Catalogue p. 8)
Catalina ISL.
engraved bowl
Watson Pennant-H mark (c. 1905)
3-¾"
[original in SCIF archives]