condition: good make / manufacturer: Wm. Rogers model name / number: Feb. 23, 1915
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This silver-plated souvenir spoon is in great shape for its age. It was crafted by the Wm. Rogers company (the company name is printed after the date on the back stem of the spoon).
The front top part of the handle has the Great Seal of the State of Michigan, featuring the elk and moose. Inside the shield between the two animals is a man with his right hand raised in peace but...his left hand is holding a gun. At the top of the Seal is the American Eagle.
The back of the spoon's handle features another eagle and the famous U.S. Shield with its 13 stars representing the original colonies.
On the back stem of the spoon's stem is the patent date (Feb. 23, 1915) and the maker (Wm. Rogers).
Michigan's Great Seal was designed by Lewis Cass, Michigan's second (non-acting) Territorial governor. The seal was patterned after the seal of the Hudson Bay Fur Company. It was presented to the Constitutional Convention of 1835 and adopted on June 2, 1835 as the official Great Seal of Michigan.
At the top of the Seal are the words, "E Pluribus Unum." These words come from our national motto meaning, "From many, one." Or, in other words, forming one nation from many states.
Below is the American Eagle, our national bird. This symbolizes the superior authority and jurisdiction or control of the United States. In its claws the eagle holds three arrows and an olive branch with 13 olives. The arrows show that our nation is ready to defend its principles. The olive branch means we want peace. The olives stand for the first 13 states.
"Tuebor," meaning, "I will defend," refers to Michigan's frontier position.
The shield is held by two animals representing Michigan, the elk on the left and the moose on the right. Michigan is on an international boundary, and the figure of the man shows his right hand raised in peace. The left hand holds a gun to say that although we love peace, we are ready to defend our state and nation.
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