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Dinner Fork, "Victor Pattern"

Decorative Arts

On View: Luce Visible Storage and Study Center, 5th Floor
MEDIUM Silver-plate
DATES ca. 1882
DIMENSIONS 7 7/16 x 1 x 1 in. (18.9 x 2.5 x 2.5 cm)
MARKINGS stamped on back: "H. Best & SON 12oz"
SIGNATURE Unsigned
INSCRIPTIONS no inscriptions
COLLECTIONS Decorative Arts
MUSEUM LOCATION This item is on view in Luce Visible Storage and Study Center, 5th Floor
ACCESSION NUMBER 88.112.6
CREDIT LINE Gift of Robert Tuggle
CATALOGUE DESCRIPTION Half the handle is undecorated. The symmetrical decoration begins with opposed "C' shape scrolls followed by four narrow molded horizontal bands capped by a half floret. Then a stylized plant with elaborate leaves and scrolls in the Dresser manner. This is surrounded by a chevron of closely molded vertical hatching, which in turn is surrounded by a small floret with symmetrical leaves. The empty field above (intended for initials) is bordered by a narrow edge of small leaf-like decoration. The end is capped by a sunburst design; the reverse has similar decoration, but lacks the central floral motives. Victor pattern. Although there is no maker's mark, this is a distinctive pattern seemingly made only by Toile. H. Best & Son is certainly a retailer's mark. CONDITION: Good; normal wear, some scratches.
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