Overall: 4 x 7/8 x 1/2 in. (10.2 x 2.2 x 1.3 cm)
In relief: on reverse: "S.C.& S. PAT. STERLING"
Sterling silver souvenir spoon; on obverse of handle, from finial to bowl, statue of George Washington from Treasury building with the words, “ERECTED BY VOLUNTARY SUBSCRIPTION BY CHAMBER OF COMMERCE STATE OF NEW YORK NOV. 2 1883” on pedestal; bags of coins, bills, and loose coins; on bowl, view of “U.S. SUB TREASURY / WALL STREET / NEW YORK”; reverse with back of Washington statue and “ON THIS SITE IN FEDERAL HILL APRIL 30 1789, GEORGE WASHINGTON TOOK THE OATH AS THE FIRST PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA”; all in relief; “C.M.C” engraved on reverse of bowl.
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.
Gift of Roberta Gratz
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