Shown is a silver plated twist handle bar spoon marked Wm. Rogers surrounded by an eagle and star symbols. This William Rogers mark is a backstamp of Simpson, Hall & Miller. The spoon measures 9 and 1/4 inches long.
This sleek, modern looking design with ribbed areas toward the top and bottom of the handle was known back in the 1880s and 1890s, made by companies such as Dominick & Haff and Gorham.
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.
You might find my blog post on the Victorian Bar interesting: http://queenofsienna.wordpress.com/2013/06/29/the-victorian-bar/