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Spoon

Object Number: 
2009.28.22
Date: 
1891-ca. 1920
Medium: 
Silver
Dimensions: 
Overall: 4 x 7/8 x 5/8 in. (10.2 x 2.2 x 1.6 cm)
Marks: 
In relief: on reverse: "H" [in penant flag] / "STERLING
Description: 
Sterling silver souvenir spoon; on obverse of handle, from finial to bowl, Seal of New York State, Niagara Falls, “NEW YORK,” standing figure of Peter Stuyvesant, and plant stalks; bowl engraved with view of “STATUE OF LIBERTY / NEW YORK HARBOR”; on reverse, from finial to bowl, teepee in field, canoe in water, several tools, including tomahawk; all in relief.
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