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Enamel Spoon
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Title: Enamel Spoon
Identifier: 2006.1.69
Donor: Geoffrey Sayers
Item Date: 1920-1930
Creation Date: 2011
Location: Benares Historic House

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Description: A black and white enamelled granite-wear basting spoon. There is a hole in the handle for hanging. The bowl of the spoon is no longer round at the tip; it is worn almost straight across.

Porcelain enamelling is the process of fusing a thin layer of glass to a metal object to prevent corrosion and to enhance its beauty. Other names for this cookware are granite ware, agate ware, glazed ware, granite steel ware, enamel ware and speckle ware. Most of the early porcelain enamel ware was a matted gray color. It was not until the 1880ís enamelware with bright cobalt blues and red with white speckles or swirls became prevalent. Even though porcelain enamel ware was being manufactured in Europe earlier than 1877, it was not found in North America in any measurable quantities. The upper and middle class used porcelain china and iron side table settings. The price of the imported items were prohibitive to working class
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