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Ladles (Set of Two)

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Ladles (Set of Two)

Artist: Wood & Hughes (active New York, New York, c. 1840-1899)

Date: c. 1870
Medium: Chased and gilded silver
Dimensions:
Overall: 8 3/4 x 3 1/2in. (22.2 x 8.9cm)
Signed: W & H
Credit Line: Museum Purchase with funds from the Sarah T. Norris Fund
Object number: 90.50.1-2
Label Text
Economic growth along with developments in machine technology made silver plate and sterling silver more affordable to middle class consumers. A complete, formal, matching silver service could consist of dozens of forms ranging from strawberry forks to salt spoons. A more moderate service included serving utensils and luncheon and dinner knives, forks, and spoons.

An array of new eating utensils were introduced during the second half of the nineteenth century, often in response to a new, fashionable food. Among the novelty flatware items were asparagus tongs, sardine forks, buckwheat cake servers, and orange spoons. Not all of these specialty forms were essential; many were given as wedding and anniversary gifts.