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[Food Service Tools and Equipment]

Accession Number: 2008.49.135

Physical Description: Fred Harvey silver teaspoon. Cromwell pattern. The spoon has a deep, narrow bowl. End of handle flares slightly and has a squared appearance with rounded corners. Decorative scallop at center of end. Decorative engraved line follows perimeter of handle. Small scroll design on back of bowl, near base. "Fred Harvey" engraved in script at end of handle. Maker's mark on back of 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 1912 and 1919

Dimensions (in cm): 14.90 (H) 3.00 (W) 0.70 (D)

Marks/Inscriptions: [back of handle] MERIDEN BRITA. CO. 6 // [front of handle] Fred Harvey //

Index Terms

Associations and Subjects

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

Creators and Contributors

    Meriden Britannia Company

Status: Cataloged

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