Vintage silverplate and enamel collectible souvenir spoon featuring a colorful enamel shield depicting the city of YORK Coat of Arms with a dangling rose flower charm representing the Rose Window of York Minster and engraved spoon bowl. Excellent condition.
York is a walled city, situated at the confluence of the Rivers Ouse and Foss in North Yorkshire, England. The city has a rich heritage and has provided the backdrop to major political events throughout much of its two millennia of existence. The city offers a wealth of historic attractions, of which York Minster is the most prominent, and a variety of cultural and sporting activities.
The city was founded by the Romans in 71 AD, under the name of Eboracum. It became in turn the capital of the Roman province of Britannia Inferior, and of the kingdoms of Northumbria and Jorvik. In the Middle Ages, York grew as a major wool trading centre and became the capital of the northern ecclesiastical province of the Church of England, a role it has retained.
In the 19th century York became a hub of the railway network and a manufacturing centre. In recent decades, the economy of York has moved from being dominated by its confectionery and railway-related industries to one that provides services. The University of York and health services have become major employers, whilst tourism has become an important element of the local economy.
The Rose Window, a stained glass masterpiece high in the South Transept of York Minster, was nearly lost after lightning struck the Minster in the 1980s causing a severe fire in the Minster's wooden roof. The stonework of the Rose Window was completed in the mid 13th century but the stained glass was added near the end of the 15th century to commemorate the end of the War of the Roses and honor the Tudor dynasty.
After fire destroyed the South Transept roof in 1984, inspection revealed that the stained glass in the Rose Window was severely cracked. The 73 panels, containing 7,000 pieces of stained glass had crazed into about 40,000 pieces! Miraculously it was all still in place.
Craftsmen secured the stained glass with adhesive film before removing it, one section at a time. Special adhesives - which would mimic the refractive properties of the glass - had to be researched and were specially developed by 3M corporation before the window could be restored. Each restored section is sandwiched between layers of clear glass - the restorers jokingly refer to it as a Tudor sandwich - and the whole is further protected by more sheets of glass. The stained glass restoration process, along with the restoration of the roof, took about four years and cost $4 million.
This vintage silverplate and enamel collectible souvenir spoon from York measures 4-3/4" in length, weighs .5 ounces and is touchmarked on the back of the spoon handle with B.B.S. and Gt. Britain (Great Britain).
A1710 - Vintage Silverplate & Enamel Collectible Souvenir Spoon YORK with ROSE WINDOW Charm B.B.S. Gt. Britain
$5.00 First Class Mail