Teaspoons

Astronomy

Accession Number: 2019.ast.221

Description:

This is a set of twelve silver teaspoons, contained inside a brown rectangular cardboard box with “Silver spoons” handwritten on the lid. Each spoon is silver in colour and has lined decoration along with the handle.

Primary Materials: Metal: Silver plate or silver.

Markings:

Stamped on the back of the handle of each spoon: “IS Co.”

Handwritten on the box: “Silver spoons”

On a paper label affixed to the front of the box: “TREMONT
Med. Teaspoons
1 DOZ.”

Dimensions (cm):

Spoon: Height = 1, Width = 3, Length =14.2.

Function:

These teaspoons were presumably used in the David Dunlap Observatory “Founder’s Room”, when Mrs. Donalda Dunlap or others were entertaining visitors, guests or scientists to the Observatory.

Condition:

Very Good: The surface of the teaspoons are in very good condition, although two of them exhibit some tarnishing around the rim and edges of the handle. The box is slightly worn, and the paper label is peeling off.

Manufacturer: International Silver Co.

Date of Manufacture: c. 1920s-1930s

Provenance:

These spoons were presumably used in the David Dunlap Observatory “Founder’s Room”, when Mrs. Donalda Dunlap or others were entertaining visitors, guests or scientists to the Observatory. Until 2009, when the Observatory was sold, the spoons were kept at the Observatory. Then, they were moved to storage at the Department of Astronomy & Astrophysics at the University of Toronto’s St George campus. In 2017, the spoons were moved to a new location in the McLennan Physics building.