By Terry Trucco
A neighbor who knows I write about hotels recently invited me to her apartment. “My mother collected hotel demitasse spoons,” she said.
A Jazz Age actress and flapper, Mom liked to take tea at posh spots like the Ritz Carlton in Boston and New York’s Savoy Plaza. That’s not all she took. Nearly two dozen little spoons gleamed on my neighbor’s dining room table, each embellished with the property’s emblem and engraved with its name. The deeply grooved Aztec curliques crowning her spoon from the original Waldorf=Astoria on Fifth Avenue and 34th Street were particularly fetching.
They don’t make hotel silver like they used to. Which is one reason an ardent band of enthusiasts collects it — and not just those who inherit it from a light-fingered parent with a fondness for tea. (more…)