On March 28, 1652, my 9th great uncle, Samuel Sewall, was born in Bishopstoke, Hampshire, England. Continue reading “Day 87 – The New Salem Witch Spoon”
Although he was known for many short stories, Nathaniel Hawthorne‘s first novel, The Scarlet Letter, was first published on this day in 1850. Continue reading “Day 75 – The Nathaniel Hawthorne Spoon”
Behold! The proto-tacky spoon! Designed by Daniel Low and manufactured by the Durgin Company in Salem Massachusetts, the Salem Witch spoon is considered to have started the souvenir spoon collecting craze that swept through America in the late 1800s and early 1900s.
This is the first pattern of the Salem Witch spoon, released in 1891. It proved so popular that the Gorham Silver Company hired Low to design another version of the spoon for them. This “second pattern” of the witch spoon was released in 1892. I don’t own that one. Yet.