"You have a classic early 20th century metal lure on your hands. It is indeed "Kausch Silver Soldier" metal spoon dating from 1905-1933. The original lures were made from coin silver, but soon the lures were made with sterling silver plate. It was invented by a jeweler and watchmaker named Charles Kauth (1870-1933) of Bath, New York, who was granted Patent #813,500 on February 02, 1906. The lure was manufactured in the back of his jewelry store, at first by one of his employees named P. Christiansen and after 1918 by himself. Kausch also trademarked the name "Silver Soldier Bait" in 1905. Unmarked versions of the lure were sold by large trade houses like Abbey & Imbrie and Von Lengerke & Detmold (VL&D). It must have caught a lot of fish as they are fairly common; a nice example should sell between $30-$50 and twice that much in the box. To see the patent and a boxed example, click here."