Benjamin Marsh’s Patented Spoon

Marsh Spoon Patent.pngspoon design closeup.pngLast week we wrote that we didn’t know anything about Benjamin Marsh, whose jewelry store passed into the hands of Henry Rowlands in 1869. But that’s not entirely true: we know that Marsh received this patent for an Albany-centric spoon design. Design patent 20,948 was filed and patented in 1891, and applied for only 3½ years. The application read:

“Be it known that I, Benjamin Marsh, a citizen of the United States, residing at Albany . . . have invented certain new and useful improvements in Designs for Spoons; and I do hereby declare the following to be a full, clear, and exact description of the invention, such as will enable others skilled in the art to which it appertains to make and use the same . . .

“On the outer end portion of the Handle A of the spoon is the figure a of a man attired in the dress of a “Knickerbocker” of the seventeenth century and seated on a chair and facing the beholder and smoking a pipe. On the lower end portion of handle A is the figure b of a sturgeon, with its tail at the bowl B.”

The application doesn’t mention “C,” which is the lettering “Albany” between sturgeon and Knickerbocker.

Commemorative spoons were a thing.

His love of spoons must not have been a short-term thing. In the 1850 proceedings of the New York Agricultural Society, Benjamin Marsh was one of the judges of silverware and cutlery.

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