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Souvenir poon

Object Number: 
2009.28.7
Date: 
1892-1900
Medium: 
Silver
Dimensions: 
Overall: 5 1/4 x 1 1/16 x 1/2 in. (13.3 x 2.7 x 1.3 cm)
Marks: 
Stamped: on reverse: "C" and "M" [flanking crown with arrow below] / "925" / "STERLING" / "1000""
Description: 
Sterling silver souvenir spoon; on obverse of handle, from finial to bowl, sheaths of wheat (?) in relief, blue flowers and green foliage in enamel; bowl engraved with view of Brooklyn Bridge with buildings in foreground and skyline on far bank labeled “BROOKLYN BRIDGE”; obverse plain.
Gallery Label: 
This spoon is part of a collection of 407 New York-themed spoons donated by journalist and urban critic Roberta Brandes Gratz in 2009. During the 1880s, American travelers began collecting spoons in earnest as souvenirs of European cities. Anticipating a demand for American souvenir flatware, a few savvy U.S. manufacturers began patenting designs around 1889. New York City subjects appeared on spoons almost immediately. Gorham became the first major factory to produce New York City spoons, joining the craze in 1891. By 1893, Tiffany & Co. offered eighteen different souvenir spoons featuring New York City landmarks at prices ranging from $2 to $5.
Credit Line: 
Gift of Roberta Gratz
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.
Creative: Tronvig Group