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[Food Service Tools and Equipment]

Accession Number: 2008.49.207

Physical Description: Fred Harvey tablespoon. Savoy pattern. The spoon has a large, teardrop-shaped bowl. Handle has a very simple, Art Deco design. It flares very slightly from the base of the tines to the end. The end has squared corners, but is rounded along the center of the bottom edge. Two raised lines run down the sides of the handle. "Fred Harvey" engraved on front 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 1925 and 1935

Dimensions (in cm): 18.50 (H) 3.80 (W) 0.30 (D)

Marks/Inscriptions: [back of handle] VICTOR S CO A1+OVERLAY I S // [front of handle] Fred Harvey //

Index Terms

Associations and Subjects

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

Creators and Contributors

    Victor Silver Company
    International Silver Company

Status: Cataloged

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