Vintage silver colored chrome enamel collectible souvenir state spoon from Alabama with a colorful enamel shield of a white camellia, which is the Alabama state flower.
The popular belief that Alabama signifies "Here We Rest" stems from an etymology given wide currency in the 1850s through the writings of Alexander Beauford Meek. However, the first known use of this derivation appeared earlier in an unsigned article in a July 27, 1842, issue of the Jacksonville Republican. Experts in the Muskogee dialect have been unable to find any word or phrase similar to Alabama with the meaning "Here We Rest."
According to some investigations, the tribal name Alabama must be sought in the Choctaw tongue, as it is not uncommon for tribes to accept a name given them by a neighboring tribe. Inquiry among the early Indians themselves appears to have yielded no information about the meaning of the word. The Rev. Allen Wright, a Choctaw scholar, translated the name as thicket clearers, compounded of Alba meaning "a thick or mass vegetation," and amo meaning "to clear, to collect, to gather up."
This vintage silver enamel collectible souvenir state spoon of Alabama measures 3.5" in length, weighs .3 ounces and is unmarked as to maker. There is oxidation and light pitting on the front of the spoon bowl and a small area on the back of the spoon.
A2364 - Vintage Enamel Collectible Souvenir State Spoon ALABAMA