Reed&Barton Big Four Railroad CCC&StL Silverplate Spoon
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Sold Date: 08/26/2007
Channel: Online Auction
Reed & Barton silver plate teaspoon produced for the Cleveland, Cincinnati, Chicago & St. Louis Railway. Likely dates to c1900.
The spoon measures 5-3/4", and is stamped with the railroad marking on the top of the handle (CCC & StLRy). On the back is stamped "Pat. Applied for", "Reed & Barton" and "6xx."
In very good condition with light wear, as accurately depicted in photos.
A very nice example of railroad dining car flatware.
The Cleveland, Cincinnati, Chicago and St. Louis Railway (from Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia)
Locale: Illinois, Indiana, Ohio, Kentucky
Dates of operation: 1889 – 1922
Track gauge: 4 ft 8½ in (1435 mm) (standard gauge)
Headquarters: Indianapolis, Indiana
The Cleveland, Cincinnati, Chicago and St. Louis Railway, also known as the Big Four Railroad and commonly abbreviated CCC&StL, was a railroad company in the United States. Its main routes were in Illinois, Indiana, and Ohio.
The railroad was formed on June 30, 1889 by the merger of the Cleveland, Columbus, Cincinnati and Indianapolis Railway, the Cincinnati, Indianapolis, St. Louis and Chicago Railway and the Indianapolis and St. Louis Railway. The railroad once operated a terminal at Bellefontaine, Ohio which included the largest roundhouse in use at that time between New York and St. Louis. The railroad was headquartered in Indianapolis, Indiana, at 105 S. Meridian Street. As of 2007 the building previously known as the Big Four Building is a Hampton Inn hotel.
By 1906, the Big Four was acquired by the New York Central Railroad. The Big Four's lines were incorporated into Penn Central in 1968 with the merger of New York Central and the Pennsylvania Railroad. Penn Central declared bankruptcy in 1970, and in 1976 many of Big Four's lines were included in the government-sponsored Conrail. Conrail closed the Bellefontaine terminal in 1983, and the roundhouse was dismantled. Conrail was privatized in 1987, and divided in 1999 between CSX and Norfolk Southern.
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