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[Food Service Tools and Equipment]

Accession Number: 2008.49.165

Physical Description: Fred Harvey teaspoon. Fiddle pattern. Small spoon with a small, shallow bowl. Handle of the spoon has a very simple design, which flares slightly from the center to the end. Tip is rounded, and there is a raised scallop pattern in the handle just above the tip. Small, tulip-shaped bulge in handle just below where it broadens into the bowl. "Fred Harvey" engraved on the end of the handle. Engraved maker's mark on back of narrow part 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 1875 and 1900

Dimensions (in cm): 5.00 (H) 3.10 (W) 1.80 (D)

Marks/Inscriptions: [back of handle] ROGERS & BRO. NICKEL SILVER //

Index Terms

Associations and Subjects

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

Creators and Contributors

    Rogers Brothers Silver Company

Status: Cataloged

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