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[Food Service Tools and Equipment]

Accession Number: 2007.7.41

Physical Description: Silver-plated spoon. Cromwell pattern. Spoon has an average-sized bowl that narrows slightly at the tip. Narrow handle flares at the end and has a slightly squared appearance. Tip of handle is decoratively scalloped. Decorative debossed line follows the perimeter of the handle. "Fred Harvey" engraved in script at end of handle. Maker's mark on back of handle.

History of Object: Unknown. Fred Harvey began a chain of restaurants along the Atchison, Topeka, and Santa Fe Railway in 1876. They were known as "Harvey House" restaurants. Later, Harvey was also responsible for dinner service on trains. Silverware such as this was used in the restaurants, which were know for the quality of their service, food, and settings. Fred Harvey was one of many railway food service organizations to use this pattern. The Cromwell pattern was the second most popular design used by the industry.

Date: 1912

Dimensions (in cm): 15.20 (H) 3.20 (W)

Marks/Inscriptions: [back of handle] INTERNATIONAL SILVER CO. //

Index Terms

Associations and Subjects

    Origin, Place of: Connecticut
    Business / Organization: Restaurants
    Individual: Harvey, Fred
    Business / Organization: Harvey House
    Theme/topic: Railroads

Creators and Contributors

    Fred Harvey
    International Silver Company

Status: Cataloged

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