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Object Name: Spoon
Date: 1886-1919
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Medium: Silver
Dimensions: Overall: 5 1/8 x 1 x 5/8 in. (13 x 2.5 x 1.6 cm)
Place made, possibly: United States, Irvington
Place made, possibly: United States, Sag Harbor
Description: Sterling silver souvenir spoon; on obverse of handle, lilies in relief; gold-washed bowl engraved with view of the “MET BLDG. / NEW YORK”; on reverse, lilies.
Credit Line: Gift of Roberta Gratz
Object Number: 2009.28.39
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Marks: In relief: on reverse: "A" [in cartouche flanked by left cartouche with griffin, right with sword and crescent moon] / "PATENT" / "STERLING"

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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.