1266: Reed & Barton "Francis I" Sterling Cracker Scoop
Reed & Barton "Francis I" Sterling Silver Cracker Scoop, the pattern designed in 1907 by Ernest Meyers, Taunton, Massachusetts, l. 8-3/4", 3.02 t. oz. This implement is also known as a "Saratoga chip server", used for the original potato chips, allegedly invented in Saratoga, New York in 1853. Specialty implements for the fad food started appearing in the 1870s, and were part of most luxury patterns at the turn of the century. The oversized bowls of these pieces gradually diminished and were slowly transformed into cracker scoops for oyster crackers, croutons and the like. Most line patterns dropped these uniquely American specialty utensils around World War Two.