While surfing the web on December 23, 1999 I came across this sterling silver commemorative spoon for General David Wooster. It was on the site http://www.geocities.com/RodeoDrive/6232/military.html.

I have downloaded the images and archived them here on my own site in order to guarantee that they do not disappear as so much of the ephemera on the web does.

The General's bust on the handle appears to be copied from the usual portrait of him. In the bowl is "Danbury · 1777" and what appears to be the Nehemiah Dibble house in Danbury, Connecticut, the house in which he died on May 2, 1777 after having been mortally wounded on April 27 at the Battle of Ridgefield.

I have no clue as to the date when the spoon was manufactured.

In May 2004 one of these spoons was offered on EBAY, and I purchased it. Here are the images that I "harvested" from the EBAY site:

I had not previously noticed that the handle is a representation (oddly enough, upside down) of the Wooster Monument in Danbury.

The back of the spoon is stamped "STERLING" and "Pat Apl'd For F. L. Wilson".

For additional pictures and information that dates the spoon prior to 1891 see the Masonic Museum site at http://www.phoenixmasonry.org/masonicmuseum/wooster_masonic_spoon.htm.
This site also says that the image of the Nehemiah Dibble house was taken from a photo made of the structure the day before it was torn down, a bit of information that helps to date the photo of the Dibble house that I have at http://web.cortland.edu/woosterk/dibble.html

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