Empress of Ireland spoon


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I JUST FOUND THIS EMPRESS OF IRELAND SPOON AND I'VE NEVER SEEN ANYTHING LIKE IT. IT SAYS R.M.S EMPRESS OF IRELAND ON THE BOWL. ANY HELP WOULD BE GREATLY APPRECIATED!

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The design of the spoon has no connection with the ship or the Line. It's a fairly common stock item that was sold 'blank' and then stamped or engraved with the name of a particular ship for sale as a barber shop souvenir. I have a couple of them from ships of the Union Castle Line, and I've seen one (allegedly) from the Lusitania. Their value is much dependent on the fame or notoriety of the name engraved in the bowl, so I bought mine for around £5 each while the Lusi spoon would have attracted bids ten times higher.
 
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