The J.H. Leyson jewelry company, doing business with various partners under variant company names from the 1870s to the 1980s, was one of Salt Lake City’s most upscale jewelers. It doesn’t surprise me at all that this company came up with what I think is the first souvenir spoon to feature a Mormon or Utah design. Leyson’s “temple spoon” was manufactured in 1893, the same year the Salt Lake Temple was dedicated. These two advertisements appeared in Salt Lake’s newspapers (Salt Lake Herald on the left; Deseret News on the right) day after day for months that year:
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And here is a photograph of the actual spoon:
A lot of souvenirs and “collectibles” with Mormon themes have been made through the years: jewelry, plates, textiles, medals, ribbons, tokens. Some of them, like this spoon, were created commercially; others were issued by Church auxiliaries or were used in Church activities and services (see here and here for examples). I have a number of such things and will post pictures from time to time if there’s any interest – and if you have such things and would like to share them, send your pictures to AEParshall [at] aol [dot] com, along with anything you know about provenance (that word again). (Since I can’t guess what-all might be out there, I suppose I should say that I can’t promise to post everything that might come in, but if it’s interesting, different, and the pictures are clear, I’ll try.)