On August 1, 1876, Colorado became the 38th state in the Union. This Colorado spoon, made by Eugene L. Deacon of Denver, Colorado (who also made the Pocatello, Idaho rebus spoon) was manufactured sometime between 1900 and 1912.
The bowl of the spoon has an engraving that touts the majestic height of Pike’s Peak (which, at 14,147 feet, is just a little shorter than Mount Rainier in Washington State).
At the very top of the spoon is the State Seal of Colorado, with the unmistakable Eye of Providence peering out at you, which confirms my theory that the Illuminati are in Colorado and I’m pretty sure they’re holding Half Life 3 hostage.
I’ve spent the last two days in Centennial, Colorado, just outside of Denver.
I’d love to go visit all of the places featured on my antique spoons, if the places still exist, and one that’s been on my list is the Denver Auditorium, shown in the bowl of this antique spoon. Didn’t make it this trip. Maybe next time!
The Denver Auditorium was built in 1908 and the very first event in July of that year was the Democratic Convention (William Jennings Bryan was the party’s nominee. He lost to William Howard Taft in the general election.)
The Auditorium has been through many changes over the years. Its decorative domes on each corner were removed in the 1950s and in 1978 it was remodeled into a performing arts center. In 2002 it was renamed the Quigg Newton Denver Municipal Auditorium, which is part of the larger Denver Performing Arts Center—or “The Plex,” as the kids call it.
This spoon has a maker’s mark from the Baker-Manchester Company of Providence, Rhode Island.
I’ve had a hard time tracking down when exactly this company was in business, but most sources say they operated under this name from 1904 to 1914. I’d venture a guess that this spoon dates to somewhere between 1908 and 1915.
I’m sure I’ve driven through Colorado at some point in my life on some family road trip, but I’ll get to officially check it off my list when I fly to Denver later today for work.
To commemorate my first official trip to The Centennial State, here’s an antique spoon showing the State Capitol Building in Denver.
The maker’s mark is partially rubbed off from the back of the spoon (or was poorly stamped in the first place) but the last “B” in the Paye and Baker mark is clearly visible.
Since P&B didn’t open their business until 1901, this spoon can’t date back to when the Capitol building opened in 1894. I’d date it to sometime between 1901 and 1910.