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Large steel serving spoon melted during the Great Chicago Fire of 1871. A massive fire destroyed four square miles of downtown Chicago on October 8-10, 1871, killing hundreds of people. The intense heat was known to melt low-grade metals. This spoon displays signs of fire exposure, including surface discoloration and stone fragments imbedded in the melted metal.

Creator: Rogers Brothers
Date: between 1850 and 1871

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Item Number: 225214
KSHS Identifier: 1985.275.2

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