1877 Niagara Falls Bar Spoons

Here are ten silver plated bar spoons in the Windsor Twist design. The spoons are marked “1877 Niagara Falls Silver Co.” which is an Oneida mark.

The spoons measure 7 and 1/16th inches in length.

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In Victorian times, bar spoons were not just used to make a drink or cocktail; the drink was served with the spoon in it. The “Wine and Spirit Bulletin, Vol. 17, 1903 includes the following “Old Fashioned Cocktail” recipe:

“Crush in small bar glass one lump sugar, put in two dashes Schroeder’s bitters, piece twisted lemon peel, two or three small lumps of ice, one jigger whisky. Stir and serve with small bar spoon in glass.”

The bar spoon is not just a utensil or bar tool, it is a piece of flatware and essential to the Victorian bar. The twist handle design is for the aid in the stirring and blending of the contents of the drink as well.

These spoons could also have been used in a soda fountain.

You might find my blog post on the Victorian Bar interesting: http://queenofsienna.wordpress.com/2013/06/29/the-victorian-bar/

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