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Souvenir teaspoon commemorating Federation of Australia

Made
The souvenir teaspoon commemorates the federation of the Australian colonies. It is significant as a miniature compendium of the nationalist motifs frequently employed by Australian artists, craftsmen and sculptors during the last decades of the nineteenth century.

Notable among these motifs are the depictions of a ship, wheat sheaf, sheep, pick-axe and shovel, representing respectively commerce and trade, agriculture, the pastoral industries, and labour. While these allegorical …

Summary

Object No.

A1634-1

Object Statement

Commemorative teaspoon, Federation of Australia, silver / enamel, maker unknown, made in Birmingham, England, c. 1901

Physical Description

Commemorative teaspoon, Federation of Australia, silver / enamel, made in Birmingham, England, c. 1901

Souvenir teaspoon, commemorating the federation of Australia. Plain bowl with simple acanthus scroll at base of stem which is in the form of a three lobed column. Wider at the top than at the base. Column is surmounted by an acanthus scroll identical to base, which supports a crest consisting of a royal blue enamelled "ribbon" with the words 'Advance Australia'. A quartered shield with white enamelled field on which are a sailing ship, a wheat sheaf, crossed pick-axe and shovel, and a sheep. The shield is divided by an enamelled orange/red cross with five stars on it. The shield is surmounted by a 'rising sun' with radiating streamers, with eyes and nose being depicted on the sun.

Marks

stamp verso. medallion, [lion], "Z"
stamped stem verso. "J.F.", [lion], "Z", [Anchor]
insc. along stem "3311639"
marked on bowl verso. [lion], "Z"

Dimensions

Width

25 mm

Cite this Object

Harvard

Souvenir teaspoon commemorating Federation of Australia 2022, Museum of Applied Arts & Sciences, accessed 1 December 2022, <https://ma.as/173871>

Wikipedia

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