Day 67 – The Kensington Club Spoon

This is a spoon made by the Mechanics Company (a division of the Watson Company) from the late 1800s or early 1900s.

They made these spoons, with an Indian head at the top of the handle, for general souvenir use. You could buy a set of them and have them engraved with the name of your city, event, or organization.

In this case, the name “Kensington Club”is etched in the bowl. Given that it’s an American-made spoon and has a very midwestern theme going on with the corn and figural Indian head, I’m thinking that the name in the bowl might refer to the women’s social clubs of the early 1900s, which took many names. 

Front and back of the Kensington Club spoon.

I found references to “Kensington Clubs” in Kansas, Nebraska, Iowa, Michigan, Wisconsin, and Oregon and they seemed to be centered around sewing or crafting. Around WWI and WWII, many of the clubs turned into library boosters, raising money for books for local libraries.

Not sure where this spoon came from, or if I’m even right about the origin of the name, but if I am, it’s a fitting tribute to International Women’s Day.

Here’s a clip about one such Kensington Club in Kansas, from the Jewell County Register (Mankato, Kansas) in April, 1973:

“Seventeen members of the Kensington Club met with Mrs. Mildred Grout on April 17. Mrs. Ruth Kier, vice-president, conducted the business meeting. The next meeting will be the birthday party to be held at 2:00 pm on May 10 at the Buffalo Roam with Mrs. Ruth LeBow and Mrs. Ollie Reager, hostesses. Mrs. Grout served cherry pie alamode and coffee for dessert. A pleasant afternoon was enjoyed by all.”