Q&C Route Silverware

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My grandmother gave me a silver spoon and cocktail fork from the Q&C Route (Queen and Crescent Route, I believe). I assume this has something to do with the Southern Railway System and the AGS division of the SRS based on some previous conversation on this forum. My great grandfather was a foreman on the AGS in Attalla, AL so I believe that is where the silverware came from. Can anyone give me some specific information on the Q&C route is line and the time period it existed? I'd also be interested to know what the spoon and fork might be worth.

Thanks, Jeremy Cole

-- Jeremy E Cole (jcole@southernco.com), July 25, 2002


The Queen & Crescent Route was an advertising name for the Cincinnati, New Orleans & Texas Pacific Railway and a number of subsidiaries. It operated in the area between Cincinnati, Chattanooga & New Orleans from 1881 to 1917. It was controlled by the Southern Railway System in its later years and became part of the SR in 1917. The AGS was a component of the Q&C in Alabama.

To get an idea of the value of your silverware you might want to do a search on the eBay auction web site and see what people are bidding. There is always some railroad silverware being offered, though maybe not Q&C, just look for something dated before World War I.

-- Tom Underwood (tlunder@attglobal.net), July 25, 2002.

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