This is a charming collector’s piece of Victorian-era history made especially for the highbrows of the day’s society to politely acquire the fine delectables at the party table.
“The BonBon Spoon”
written by E. Alexandra@ theelitepalate.com
“Je veux un bonbon!” children say in France, a phrase familiar to any parent as: “Can I have some candy!” Stemming from 17th century French royal courts, the small, chocolate-covered candy called a “bonbon” comes from the French word “bon” meaning “good”.
Enjoying such delights in haute society undoubtedly went along with social etiquette and certain manners. In the case of bonbon’s, this meant using a bonbon spoon with a flat, perforated bowl to neatly scoop up your candy (or nuts) instead of digging right in with your sticky fingers to pick at the favors in the dish. In fact, the delectable confection not only inspired the creation of its own special spoon, but also but also a waltz called Wiener Bonbons by the famous composer Johann Strauss.
So, for your next get together, elevate your ambiance by pairing your party treats with some culture and chic history!
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The spoon has an ornate floral pattern on the handle and an exquisitely shaped bowl with a finely etched monogram at the tip of the bowl.
marked STERLING PATD.88, Theodore B. Starr
spoon length: appx. 4.5″
Theodore B. Starr was a company of silversmiths founded in New York in 1862 by Theodore Starr in 1864, he was joined by Herman Marcus, and the company became known as Starr and Marcus. Marcus left to join Tiffany’s in 1877, and Starr bought back control of the company, with the name of the company becoming Theodore B. Starr… Theodore B. Starr also sold casts of bronzes by Henri Crenier and was the dealer for the work of Solon Borglum.
Another collector’s Theodore B. Starr spoon is displayed at the Metropolitan Museum of Art on 5th Avenue in New York.