A small but lavishly illustrated catalogue, this is the first in-depth study ever on the subject. Author Donald L. Fennimore narrates the fascinating social, technical, and artistic tale of American silver spoons whose bowls were struck with bird images: from the dove and olive branch to the bald eagle. In the late 18th and early 19th century, these rare and highly collectible objects proved to be a significant vehicle for expressing creativity and a new national identity. Fennimore's lucid and well-researched volume, includes a comprehensive list of East Coast silversmiths who produced these charming objects between 1750 and 1830. Flights of Fancy surely will serve as a single point of reference for all future study on silver bird-decorated spoons.