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:
My spoons measure 3 and 5/8ths inches long. They are both marked with the Anchor Rogers mark and “AA”. A closeup:
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.
The 1894 Pairpoint catalog shows this same design as a toddy spoon (note the finial is very similar to mine):
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!
The 1903 Holbrook, Stetson and Merrill catalog also includes the Delmonico in their bar spoon collection:
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: