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Runic Spoon, Souvenir

Item Number: 32445 Sold

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White Star Line got into what was then the “Colonial Trade” in a big way in 1899.  The line decided to begin service to Australia, and to do it on schedule required 5 ships termed the Jubilee class.  They were so named because they were conceived around the time of Queen Victoria’s Diamond Jubilee in 1897.  These were massive ships for the day and were designed to carry mail, cargo, and one class of passengers in a kind of hybrid emigrant/second-class style accommodations.  They were the largest and finest ships to sail to Australia and were thus quite popular right from the start.  This sterling silver and enamel souvenir spoon came from the Runic’s gift shop.  Despite their popularity, the amount of time that has passed since these ships were in service as well as the limited number of souvenirs that must have been sold makes finding anything from them quite difficult.  In fact, this is the first item I have ever had from the Runic.  Made in Birmingham, England, of sterling silver, the spoon is hallmarked 1912.  In excellent condition.