Vintage silverplate EPNS (electroplated nickel silver) and enamel collectible souvenir spoon with an oval enamel shield with a colorful depiction of the Donkey Orchid of West Australia. (c. 1960's) Excellent condition.
Diuris is a genus of herbaceous plant belonging to the orchid family (Orchidaceae), with more than fifty described species. The genus is presently being revised, with many newly described species. The scientific name is derived from the Greek words dis (double) and oura (tail), referring to the two lateral drooping sepals, giving a tailed appearance. The common name "Donkey Orchid" is logically derived from the appearance of the two lateral petals, protruding from the top of the flower like the two ears of a donkey.
This vintage silverplate and enamel collectible souvenir spoon measures 4.5" in length, weighs .5 ounces and is touchmarked on the back of the spoon handle with PITCHER, E.P.N.S., A1 & MELS. A1 denotes the highest quality of the manufacturer (usually the thickness of the plating).
A2396 - Vintage Silverplate EPNS & Enamel Collectible Souvenir Spoon DONKEY ORCHID, WEST AUSTRALIA