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Object Name: Spoon
Date: 1890-1902
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Medium: Silver
Dimensions: Overall: 5 5/8 x 1 1/8 x 3/4 in. (14.3 x 2.9 x 1.9 cm)
Description: Sterling silver souvenir spoon; on obverse of handle, from finial to bowl, figure of Peter Stuyvesant standing with one arm raised and one arm leaning on sword, "1647", and "NEW YORK” all in relief; bowl plain; reverse plain.
Credit Line: Gift of Roberta Gratz
Object Number: 2009.28.3
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Marks: Stamped: on reverse: incomplete T-like mark / "STERLING" / "OVINGTON BROS"

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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.