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- A Place & Date Used Melbourne, Australia
Knife - Dining, Florentino Restaurant, Melbourne, circa 1988 Reg. No: SH 960143
- This stainless steel dining knife is part of the furnishing and equipment used at Florentino Restaurant in Bourke Street Melbourne, during the time of Branco Tocigl's ownership from 1979-1989.
Florentino's opened during the 1920s under the ownership of Polish migrant Samuel Wynn and management of Rinaldo Massoni who had migrated from Italy in 1911. Originally Cafe Denat in Exhibition Street, the new owners moved it to Exhibition Street and changed the name to Cafe Florentino. Under Massoni's management (he purchased the lease from Wynn in 1929), the cafe flourished and expanded into the neighbouring Edments gift store in 1935. Massoni died suddenly in 1941 and the restaurant has had a series of owners ever since, but has always remained in its 1935 location.
- A stainless steel knif with a curved end to the blade. On one side the first inscription words run along the length of the knife. On the other side of the knife the 3rd inscription word appears in script. Tha handle has a raised pattern imprinted on both front and back and the sides are plain. The handle is 105mm long.
- Statement Of Significance:
- Florentino Restaurant represents one of the longest continuously operating restaurants in Melbourne, indeed it is recognised as a Melbourne 'institution.' Documenting its history enables not just the representation of a significant local business in the collection, but also the telling of broader stories about the significance of migrant community ties in establishing and maintaining businesses over time; and the role of migrant communities in participating in the cultural evolution of Melbourne through its food, wine and coffee cultures.
- Acquisition Information:
- Donation from Mr Branco Tocigl, 1996
|Dimensions:||240 mm (Height), 22 mm (Width), 8 mm (Length)|
|Tagged with:||food drink consumption, immigration, italian communities, italian immigration, cutlery, restaurants|
|Themes this item is part of:||Florentino Restaurant, Melbourne, Italian Historical Society CO.AS.IT. Collection, Domestic & Community Life Collection|
|Primary Classification:||CULTURAL IDENTITY|
|Secondary Classification:||Café & Pub Culture|
|Inscriptions:||RODD / Florentino|
|Place & Date Used:||Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, by 1988|
|References:||The following related photographs are held by the Italian Historical Society: P-01595; P-06544.|