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[Food Service Tools and Equipment]

Accession Number: 2008.49.136

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. "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): 15.00 (H) 3.00 (W) 0.70 (D)

Marks/Inscriptions: [back of handle] MERIDEN S P Co XII TRIPLE // [front of handle] 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

    Meriden Silver Plate Company

Status: Cataloged

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