An enameled shield that pictures Our Lady of Fatima with three shepherd children sits at the top of the handle of this vintage souvenir demitasse spoon by Topazio.
"Fatima" is written above the picture of Our Lady of Fatima. The enameled shield is inset in scrolls of silver on the sides and topped with a crown. A simple, yet decorative, row of heart-shaped leaves decorates the bottom of the handle.
The bowl is plain.
The back of the handle holds no decoration. It is marked "Topazio Portugal" and has 2 other marks that I cannot distinguish. Topazio has been owned by Ferreira Marques & Irmãno, S.A. since 1874 and produces items in silver and silverplate in combination with crystal, glass or ceramics. They also produce gold jewelry.
The spoon measures 4 3/8” (11.1 cm) long.
This spoon is from my grand-aunt’s collection. She purchased silver demitasse souvenir spoons wherever she visited. It is in very good condition though it does have surface scratches that one expects of vintage metals.
As with most of the pieces I sell I clean & polish them enough to show the detail. There is still patina on this piece. If you like your silver very shiny, you will want to polish this piece more when you receive it.
Our Lady of Fatima is the famous title given to the Blessed Virgin Mary as she appeared in apparitions to three shepherd children at Fatima in Portugal on the 13th day of the month for 6 consecutive months which began on May 13, 1917.
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Demitasse/souvenir collector spoons are wonderful collectibles. Most have exquisite detail & history and make a unique display piece. Decorative as well as useful, they make terrific conversation pieces at dinner parties when placed around the dessert table. A pretty ribbon attached to the back of the handle instantly turns them into a decoration that can be hung on the wall or ornamental branches. The wide assortment of themes/topics of these collector items make them a unique and thoughtful gift.