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Dinner Fork, Roman Medallion Pattern

Decorative Arts

On View: Luce Visible Storage and Study Center, 5th Floor
MEDIUM Silver plate
DATES Patented December 29, 1868
DIMENSIONS 7 9/16 x 1 x 3/4 in. (19.2 x 2.5 x 1.9 cm)  (show scale)
MARKINGS Stamped on back: "REED&BARTON 8" and "PAT.DEC.29.1868"
SIGNATURE no signature
INSCRIPTIONS no inscriptions
COLLECTIONS Decorative Arts
MUSEUM LOCATION This item is on view in Luce Visible Storage and Study Center, 5th Floor
ACCESSION NUMBER 88.103
CREDIT LINE Gift of Kate Carmel
RIGHTS STATEMENT Creative Commons-BY
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CAPTION Henry G. Reed. Dinner Fork, Roman Medallion Pattern, Patented December 29, 1868. Silver plate, 7 9/16 x 1 x 3/4 in. (19.2 x 2.5 x 1.9 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Gift of Kate Carmel, 88.103. Creative Commons-BY
IMAGE overall, 88.103_PS2.jpg. Brooklyn Museum photograph, 2008
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CATALOGUE DESCRIPTION Dinner fork with four straight tines. Decoration begins with symmetrical volutes on either side of the outer edge. Stem then narrows slightly and, except for an incised line, which outlines the entire handle, is undecorated for over half its length. Handle is then punctuated by a small round projection, which contains a twelve-leaf floret. Handle then flares out to a circular end and which is capped by a small double-tiered rounded projection. Circular end of the handle contains a profile view of a plume-helmeted classical soldier's head set against a background of closely placed horizontal lines in imitation of engraving technique. The reverse is undecorated except for three scripted initials: "D.D.P." Roman Medallion Pattern. Condition: Very good; normal wear.
RECORD COMPLETENESS Good (76%)
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