Worlds Fair City Spoon – 1893

You never know what you will find at an estate sale. I went to one this weekend in search of some Seattle World’s Fair Bolo tie items.  n the pictures they were still on the display cards –  three of them looking like new old stock. So nice I even wondered if they were knock offs and not authentic 1962.

I got to the sale right at 9am on the opening day and only 10 people in line. I was excited, cause that meant I had a chance.

WRONG!! They only let 5 people at a time in. I was in the second group and the lady running the sale told me those Worlds Fair items were first to go. She did point me to some glasses she still had up on the shelf. I scored a US Science Center frosted tumbler that I was missing in my set of glasses.

Then I saw the spoons. There was a pile of about 10 on the lower shelf and another guy was pawing through them. I think he was grabbing them for the silver but my hand was steady when I saw the one with engraving in the bowl of the spoon.  That is often an older worlds fair item.

Rejoice!!  It was and not any fair but the 1893 Columbian Chicago Worlds Fair.   The legend of my oldest fair rose up and tapped me.   Better yet, it was only 2 bucks.

This little spoon is part of a set that has Columbus’ head on the top with 1492 to 1893 around him.  The shank of the spoon has on it Worlds Fair City. The bowl has a view of the Arts Palace.  On the back it states Standard. It has been loved so much the brass/copper core is shining though on the raised areas. No wonder the other buyer passed it up. Not pure sterling.

For me it was like finding gold.

1893 - 1492 Columbian Exposition Spoon - Christopher Columbus' head

1893 – 1492 Columbian Exposition Spoon – Christopher Columbus’ head

Arts Palace - 1893 Chicago Worlds Fair in Spoon

Arts Palace – 1893 Chicago Worlds Fair in Spoon

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My Oldest Worlds Fair Memorabilia

 

1893 Chicago Worlds Fair Coin Purse

1893 Chicago Worlds Fair Coin Purse

In 1893 Chicago showed the world what it was made of.  They pulled off an International World’s Fair.  It was BIE (International Exhibitions Bureau) sanctioned and classed a Universal Exposition.  It was also a celebration of the 400th anniversary of Columbus’s arrival in the new world in 1492.  Hence the name World’s Fair: Columbian Exposition.

I found these items here in Seattle at an estate sale looking for Seattle World’s Fair memorabilia.  I could not resist adding this to my Seattle collection and since then have widened my purchases to many other fairs.

The little coin purse is only 2 by 3 inches in size but it survived fairly intact for over 110 years.  The outside is mother pearl glued onto the brass frame.  It has a red cloth interior that looks to have never seen a coin.

1893 World's Columbian Exposition Coin Purse

1893 World’s Columbian Exposition Coin Purse

1893 Chicago World's Fair Coin Purse red interior

1893 Chicago World’s Fair Coin Purse red interior

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The other item I bought at this estate sale was the Conkey’s Complete Guide to the World’s Columbian Exposition.

Conkey's Guide to 1893 Chicago World's Fair

Conkey’s Guide to 1893 Chicago World’s Fair

Conkey's Guide Title Page - 1893 Chicago Exposition

Conkey’s Guide Title Page – 1893 Chicago Exposition

1893 World's Columbian Exposition Map - Chicago

1893 World’s Columbian Exposition Map – Chicago

1893 Chicago World's Fair Map of Midway and Plaisance

1893 Chicago World’s Fair Map of Midway and Plaisance

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