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When we created Beekman 1802, our goal was to breathe life into the historic 19th century farm and into the mercantile business that the honest William Beekman founded over 2 centuries ago and at the same time provide opportunities for our neighbors in the surrounding village to thrive as well.

From the beginning, we’ve been devoted to the artisanal, the hand-made, and to the belief that each season gives us cause for celebration and we are pleased to announce the b. 1802 Rural Artist Collective.

Over the next year, we’ll be working with local craftsmen skilled in traditional methodologies to develop new and beautiful items for your home, hearth, and pantry.  Bringing a little piece of Beekman 1802 into your home supports the preservation of these true American masters.

It has been a tradition in many countries for wealthy godparents to give a silver spoon to their godchildren at christening ceremonies.

Regardless the origin of the phrase, you, too, can have a “silver” spoon in your mouth.

Our exceptional b. 1802 Fruit Spoon is fashioned from Britannia, a metal alloy common in the 18th century.  The alloy becomes molten over hot coals and is then hand-poured into an authentic  18th century spoon mold.

“The trifid spoon with it’s broad handle face and it’s tripartite top and its oval bowl with level edges and it’s long rattail on it’s underside, inaugurates the modern phase of spoon design.  It arrived in England in developed form from France around 1660.

The portraiture on the handle of the spoon is of Queen Anne, homely as she was, and this would date the mold from 1665 – 1714 : the decorations seem to confirm this, having gone out of style soon thereafter.

The b.1802 mark on the stem of each spoon was designed to imitate owner’s stamps of the period, very common on pewter of the time.

See how metal artist Michael McCarthy crafts each spoon exclusively for Beekman 1802.


Visit the Beekman 1802 Mercantile to see more of the collection.

by Josh and Brent

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Linda Schnell-Leonar

I love your spoons and have given them as gifts to my friends and family for special occasions, I even bought some for myself.

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TwinkieR

Very inspirational! You make me want to start my own debtless small business. Thank you so much for showing the way. Its my turn now… AWESOME!

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Dr. Brent

Bravo! We can't wait to see what you do. The secret to our success has been finding those "hidden treasures" right outside your own back door

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Dr. Brent

Hi, Paul

The total length of the spoon is 7.5 inches. The bowl is about 2.5 inches in length and holds approximately 2 tablespoons of water

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wf

I want the chesse, the fruitcake without the brandy, the spoons…all of it!!! I just need to be home to receive them and enjoy : )

I love your ideas and now I can relate better when you say debt-less small businesses! You want some vendors from NJ too?

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VALERIE TERRY

What is the over all length of the spoon and the width of the spoon's bowl? The article said it was bigger than the average tablespoon, but not as large as a serving spoon. I think it looks fabulous. Val Terry

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M. Lynn

What is the metal content of these gorgeous spoons? Are they safe for acidic foods?Thanks!

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Dr. Brent

Hi, Mary Lynn

Britannia is very similar to pewter. They are safe to use for eating acidic foods , but you don't want the acid to stay in contact with the spoon for a prolonged period of time as it will cause pitting. Rinse the spoon after using.

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