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Dinner Fork, Ruby Pattern

Decorative Arts

On View: Luce Visible Storage and Study Center, 5th Floor
MEDIUM Silverplate
DATES ca. 1880
DIMENSIONS 7 7/16 x 1 x 1 in. (18.9 x 2.5 x 2.5 cm)
MARKINGS Stamped on back: "C.ROGERS & BROS.A.1"
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
CREDIT LINE Gift of Robert Tuggle
CAPTION 1847 Rogers Brothers. Dinner Fork, Ruby Pattern, ca. 1880. Silverplate, 7 7/16 x 1 x 1 in. (18.9 x 2.5 x 2.5 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Gift of Robert Tuggle, 88.112.5. Creative Commons-BY
CATALOGUE DESCRIPTION Dinner fork with four straight tines. First quarter of handle is undecorated. The sides of the handle flare out gradually and terminate in a rounded end. The center of the handle is decorated with a symmetrical design that consists of a floret surrounded by four smaller floret’s against a stippled ground at the center flanked by two rows of horizontal dots on each side and then a half florets capped by a diamond shape at each end. Then there is a large empty reserve intended for initials. The round end is an arched area with symmetrical scrolls and an arch of dots below. Ruby Pattern. The use of the trademark resulted in lawsuits from the original Rogers Brothers, although they were permitted to use i.e. products were generally considered of Rogers Brothers wares. This pattern very similar to Mayflower, by Holmes & Edwards, and Daisy by William Rogers Manufacturing Company. Condition: Good; some pitting, stains and scratches on handle.
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