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FORK, DINNER
[Food Service Tools and Equipment]


Accession Number: 2008.49.226

Physical Description: Fred Harvey dinner fork. Windsor pattern. The fork has four long, narrow tines. Handle has a very simple design. It flares very slightly from the base of the tines to the end. The end is rounded. Surface is plain, no raised or engraved decoration. "Fred Harvey" engraved on back of handle at end. Engraved maker's mark on the back of the narrow part of the handle.

History of Object: Donor was a collector of tableware used in Fred Harvey restaurants. In 1876, Fred Harvey established a chain of restaurants, located at railroad meal stops, that provided quality food and service to travelers on the Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Railroad. Though born in Scotland, Harvey settled in Leavenworth, Kansas, after the Civil War when his job with a railroad relocated him there. His job required much travel by rail, and he found the food on his trips unsatisfying. This led him to develop the Fred Harvey Company and establish a line of restaurants. He is credited with founding the first chain of restaurants in the US.

Date: Between 1884 and 1900

Dimensions (in cm): 17.60 (H) 2.20 (W) 0.20 (D)

Marks/Inscriptions: [back of handle, narrow part] ROGERS & BRO. NICKEL SILVER // [front of handle, end] Fred Harvey //

Index Terms

Associations and Subjects

    Theme/topic: Railroads
    Business / Organization: Fred Harvey (Firm)
    Theme/topic: Restaurants
    Origin, Place of: Meriden (Conn.)

Creators and Contributors

    International Silver Company
    Rogers Brothers Silver Company

Status: Cataloged

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