old NYC silverplate restaurant teaspoons, mixed set of six

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Six awesome vintage spoons from back when the silverware was worth stealing 😉
1940s-1960s
All silver plate
Make your breakfast or next dinner party a lot more interesting with this set (I’m giving you a lot of talking points here, to impress your guests)

Includes:

Bickford’s, a NYC cafeteria that had its heyday in the 1930s and 1940s, with 24 “lunchrooms” in the five boroughs. A favorite of Warhol, Ginsberg, and Woody Allen, the chain moved out of NY in the 1970s

Hackensack Golf Club opened just across the Hudson River in 1899 and for this who could afford it, it gave Manhattan’s “finest men” a refuge from The Street, The Avenue, and a chance to be successful for an afternoon while the country’s economy failed

Yorkville Casino was a social club and meeting hall for German and Irish immigrants. Plenty of food, fists, and festivals, the Casino didn’t allow gambling (“casino” used to refer to a dance hall). Built in 1904, closed down in 1965

Toffenetti, an “Italian concern” that opened in Times Square in 1940, hosted a “Pilgrim’s Table” for years that let customers eat family style for less than $4. Closed after the death of Dario Toffenetti in 1968

Long before Google put juice bars and food trucks on their campuses, Bell System provided in-house cafeterias to its employees in Manhattan. Many of them (particularly women) couldn’t afford to go out to lunch, and didn’t have enough of a break to do it anyway. Ma Bell offered a solution (and kept more of its wages within its four walls) with food in the building

The last spoon is from Michael Reese Hospital in Chicago. In case you have an out-of-town guest or want to go on an adventure with your oatmeal. The hospital opened in 1881 in the Bronzeville neighborhood, with design input from Walter Gropius of Bauhaus, to replace the only Jewish hospital in Chicago that had burned down a decade before

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