Small ladle or kitchen spoon cast as a single piece, with circular bowl and slightly downturned cylindrical handle flattened to a flared, squared terminal. Handle struck incuse on front "J.Y.WATKINS&SON (arched) / 16 & 18 / CATHARINE ST. / NEW YORK" in sans serif letters, and on back with an incuse roman letter "I".
Maker is James Y. Watkins & Son, New York, NY; established as a tinware shop by James Y. Watkins, Sr. in 1830. By the late 19th century, firm was a commercial supplier and manufacturer of confectionery, baking, and ice cream fixtures and utensils to hotels, restaurants, clubs, institutions, etc.; also built French ranges, ovens and broilers.
Currently not on view
Object Name
date made
ca 1890
Physical Description
brass, cast (overall material)
overall: 1 1/8 in x 12 3/8 in x 2 5/8 in; 2.8575 cm x 31.4325 cm x 6.6675 cm
place made
United States: New York, New York
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accession number
catalog number
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Home and Community Life: Domestic Life
Domestic Furnishings
Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center
Credit Line
Gift of John Paul Remensnyder
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