Framed spoons (15) and forks (21) from Hudson River steamboats

Object Number: 
1941.839a-jj
Date: 
1840-1930
Medium: 
Silver plate; wood, velvet
Dimensions: 
frame: 19 1/2 x 32 1/2 x 3 in. ( 49.5 x 82.6 x 7.6 cm )
Description: 
Collection of 15 silver plated spoons and 21 forks from various Hudson River steamboats; all engraved (later) with name of steamer and date it was built; each piece nailed to velvet-covered backboard with nail through handle of spoon or fork.
Gallery Label: 
These forks and spoons were used on various steamboats from the Hudson River Day Line, primarily from the 1860s to the 1920s.
Credit Line: 
Purchase, James B. Wilbur Fund
Provenance: 
The George W. Murdock Collection of Steamboat Artifacts
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.
Creative: Tronvig Group