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Hotel Rochester spoon

 Collection — Box: 1
Identifier: RITArc-0663

Scope and Contents

The Hotel Rochester spoon is a silver teaspoon imprinted with "Hotel Rochester" on the under side of the handle. Also on the handle is the name of the manufacturer, Meriden Britannia Company. RIT purchased the Hotel Rochester building and converted it into a men's dormitory on the downtown campus. On the upper side of the handle there is an insignia.


  • Creation: undated

Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open to researchers.

Biographical / Historical

The silver spoon is stamped on the back of the handle "HOTEL ROCHESTER," and Meriden Brita.Co.XII. 6. According to Wikipedia; The Meriden Britannia Company was formed in 1852 in Meriden, Connecticut as a manufacturing company focused on producing wares in britannia metal. By 1876, the Meriden Britannia Company had grown a great deal and the company made significant efforts at the Centennial Exposition in Philadelphia in that year. The company won the First Place medal for plated wares. According to Sotheby's in New York, "The publicity of the award and the impression the firm made on the fair's 8 million visitors was continued by the catalogues and other intensive marketing; by the end of the 1870s Meriden Britannia Co. was considered the largest silverware company in the world." In 1898, the Meriden Britannia Company became part of the larger International Silver Company corporation headquartered in Meriden. Afterwards, while part of ISC, many designs were produced under the Meriden Britannia brand with design trade catalogues specifying Meriden Britannia wares.

Meriden Britannia Company designs are included in many museum collections, including the Brooklyn Museum, New York; Dallas Museum of Art; Davis Museum at Wellesley College, MA; Jewish Museum, New York; Wadsworth Atheneum, Hartford, CT; Mint Museum, Charlotte, NC; Victoria and Albert Museum, London, England; Wolfsonian FIU, Miami Beach, FL; Yale University Art Gallery, New Haven, CT

The Hotel Rochester, located at 95 Main Street West, across the street from the main Institute buildings of the downtown campus, became the Nathaniel Rochester Hall. A men's dorm, the hall housed up to 483 students. The building had eight floors of rooms including singles and doubles, most with private baths. The building was dedicated in honor of Rochester's founder, Colonel Nathaniel Rochester, on February 21, 1959, on what would have been Mr. Rochester's 207th birthday.


1 Item(s) (1 small jewelry box)




Silver spoon from the Hotel Rochester. The Hotel Rochester was the predecessor of the Nathaniel Rochester Hall, a men's dorm on West Main Street on the downtown campus of RIT. The collection includes one silver spoon.


There is only one item in the collection.

Physical Location

C.S.South, East Wall, Shelf 75

Immediate Source of Acquisition

The collection was donated to RIT Archive Collections by Susan O'Rourke in October 2016. Accession number(s): 2016:052

Processing Information

Finding aid created by Jennifer Roeszies in November 2016.

Hotel Rochester spoon
RIT Archives
Jennifer Roeszies
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Repository Details

Part of the RIT Archives Repository

Rochester NY 14623 USA