Spoon

Spoon
Title
Spoon
Date 
ca. 1906
Medium 
Silver
Dimensions 
Overall: 5 x 3/4 x 3/8 in. (12.7 x 1.9 x 1 cm)
Description 
Sterling silver souvenir spoon; handle in form of full-figure man in seventeenth-century dress holding a mug and leaning on a stick, below the words “KNICKER BOCKER”; on bowl, “NEW YORK”; all in relief; “M” engraved on reverse of bowl.
Credit Line 
Gift of Roberta Gratz
Object Number 
2009.28.206
Marks 
Stamped: on side of handle: lion, anchor, gothic "G" / "STERLING"; on other side of handle: "J. H. JOHNSTON & CO.", In marker: on reverse of bowl: 78-12SC? / 60- / G
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.
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.
Creative: Tronvig Group