The Smallest Bar Spoon

There is a page in the 1886 Meriden Britannia Catalog that displays the various bar spoons and julep strainers offered that year.  The first spoon shown under the “Bar Spoon” heading is called a “Delmonico Small” spoon.  As all the illustrations on the page are relative in size, this bar spoon must be very small indeed.  I looked and searched and looked again, but for the life of me I couldn’t find a similar “Delmonico” spoon in the real world.  Until one day, finally….success!  And then I found another!  The following photo shows these two spoons on the page of the catalog:

Page from 1886 Meriden Britannia Catalog

Page from 1886 Meriden Britannia Catalog

My spoons measure 3 and 5/8ths inches long.  They are both marked with the Anchor Rogers mark and “AA”.   A closeup:

My Anchor Rogers Spoons

My Anchor Rogers Spoons

The Delmonico spoon in the Meriden Britannia catalog has a straight handle and a finial design top. The finial design differs slightly on mine, but otherwise they are the same.

The 1894 B. A. Stevens catalog shows “straight handle bar and toddy” spoons and shows a similar design.   

From 1894 B. A. Stevens Catalog

From 1894 B. A. Stevens Catalog

The 1894 Pairpoint catalog shows this same design as a toddy spoon (note the finial is very similar to mine):

1894 Pairpoint Catalog

1894 Pairpoint Catalog

And the 1902 Reed & Barton Revised Price List shows Delmonico bar spoons (no illustrations).  But what is really intriguing is that it also lists a Delmonico Mint Julep Strainer! 

1902 Revised Price List of Silver Plated Nickel Silver Flatware

1902 Revised Price List of Silver Plated Nickel Silver Flatware

The 1903 Holbrook, Stetson and Merrill catalog also includes the Delmonico in their bar spoon collection:

1903 Holbrook, Merrill & Stetson Catalog

1903 Holbrook, Merrill & Stetson Catalog

It would make sense that a small bar spoon such as the Delmonico would be served in a hot toddy.  As I understand it, the sweetener, be it honey, sugar or whatever, is to be served on the side with the drink.  The imbiber then adds the sweetener to his or her taste.  And of course, it would have to be stirred into the hot drink with a spoon.

I also note that there is something called a Delmonico glass.  I believe this glass has straight or slightly angled sides and holds anywhere from 4 to 8 ounces.  If there is a relationship between the spoon and the glass, I don’t know.  Are they related to Delmonico’s restaurant in New York which originated in the 1820s?  Or perhaps the famous Pullman trains dining car called “Delmonico”.  I don’t know!

The two small bar spoons shown in the first photo are for sale here at my Etsy shop:


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6 Responses to The Smallest Bar Spoon

  1. KerryCan says:

    You don’t know?! But I bet, knowing you, you’ll find out, now that this has piqued your interest!

  2. Delightful post! Of course…now there’s ANOTHER barware thingy I want to collect…

  3. Garrett says:

    I dig what you’re doing with this blog. I collect sterling barware And this has given context for several peices. thanks for the reaearch

  4. Pingback: Anchor Rogers Delmonico Pattern Bar Spoons – Behind The Bar

  5. Steve says:

    I am thankful for coming across your post. I have two of the actual 1847 Rogers Bros DelMonico Small bar spoons, shown on your blog. I searched for a long time, before running across your page. Prior to selling, I always try to figure out what I stumbled across, and these two lovely spoons were included as condiment spoons with a cruet set from 1873 by Elkington. I think I may have to sell these separately, now. Thank you!

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