George Washington Souvenir Teaspoon

Designed by M. W. Galt Bro. & Co., Manufactured by Davis & Galt, Galt & Bro. Retailer

Designed 1889; manufactured 1896

Designed and trademarked in 1889 by M. W. Galt, Brother & Company, a Washington, D.C. jeweler, and produced by Galt & Davis, a Philadelphia silver manufacturer, this George Washington spoon is generally believed to be one of the earliest, and perhaps even the first, souvenir spoon produced in the United States. The likeness of George Washington was taken from a bust fashioned by the French neoclassical sculptor Jean-Antoine Houdon (1741-1828) from a life mask he made at Mount Vernon in 1785.