Day 155 – The Tennessee Spoon

On June 4, 1862, Confederate troops evacuated Fort Pillow on the Mississippi River in Tennessee, paving the way for Union troops to take the city of Memphis.

This spoon isn’t nearly that old, but it does bring up memories of another war that involved the people of Tennessee. At the top, appears to be the likeness of the “King of the Wild Frontier” and Tennessee native son, Davy Crockett, wearing a coonskin cap and holding a rifle.

Just below are the words “Volunteer State,” a nickname which dates back to 1846, when then President Polk called on each state to provide 2,600 volunteers to fight in the Mexican-American War. In the span of one week, 30,000 men had volunteered from the state of Tennessee alone, likely because they were still angry about the death of Crockett at the Alamo 10 years prior.

Day 16 – The Nashville Spoon

I asked my daughter what state I should feature today and she suggested Tennessee. I only have three spoons from the Volunteer State, so I was sort of surprised when it was the second spoon I grabbed out of the pile.

This one features two poorly painted, but happy looking musicians on top of a platform that says “Nashville.” The bowl reads “Music City, USA.” The maker’s mark on the back is “W.A.P.W. Gt. Britain,” which is the Walter Archibald Parker Watson Company, a huge supplier of souvenir items for the better part of the 20th century.