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Given by Mrs Eric Hervey
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British Galleries, Room 122, case 1
Spoons are a traditional souvenir. They have been made to commemorate events such as Frost Fairs, held on the ice when the River Thames froze, to celebrate coronations and christenings, as memorials of the plague in the 17th century and, more recently, as holiday souvenirs. These spoons are an example of the wide range of commemorative objects produced for the Great Exhibition, to cater for all tastes and incomes.
The spoons are decorated with a view of the Crystal Palace, which housed the Great Exhibition. The Crystal Palace was designed by Sir Joseph Paxton (1801-1865), a horticulturalist, garden designer and architect. Erected in Hyde Park, London, it covered 18 acres and was built from sheet glass, wood and metal. When opened to the public on 1 May 1851, it received great praise. As one of the most innovative and impressive buildings of its day, it was a fitting subject for commemorative wares.
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On stem: Exhibition 1851, underside: 3 stamped marks
Length: 9.2 cm, Width: 2 cm, Depth: 1 cm
Object history note
Made in England
One from a set of three. Souvenir of Great Exhibition, 1851
From a group of Crystal Palace memorabilia which belonged to Gerald Smedley Hervey, MBE.
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Spoons were traditionally used as commemorative gifts. Such mementoes of the Great Exhibition were made in all sorts of qualities. Brass spoons like these would have been more affordable than elaborate silver examples. Souvenirs of the Exhibition were widely available and were not necessarily purchased at the Crystal Palace. [27/03/2003]
Tea, Coffee & Chocolate wares; Tableware & cutlery; British Galleries