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Dinner Fork, "Siren Pattern"

Decorative Arts

On View: Luce Visible Storage and Study Center, 5th Floor
MEDIUM Silver-plate
DATES ca. 1891
DIMENSIONS 7 1/8 x 15/16 x 7/8 in. (18 x 2.4 x 2.2 cm)  (show scale)
MARKINGS Stamped on back: "(star) ROGERS & BRO.A1"
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
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CAPTION 1847 Rogers Brothers. Dinner Fork, "Siren Pattern," ca. 1891. Silver-plate, 7 1/8 x 15/16 x 7/8 in. (18 x 2.4 x 2.2 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Gift of Robert Tuggle, 88.112.9. Creative Commons-BY
IMAGE overall, 88.112.9_PS2.jpg. Brooklyn Museum photograph, 2008
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CATALOGUE DESCRIPTION Dinner fork with four straight tines. Sides of the handle flare out gradually and undulate slightly towards the end that has rounded corners and a small semi-circular projection at the end. The first quarter of the handle is undecorated. The decoration begins with a wavy diagonal band followed by a flower with four petals and then a leafy frond in the diagonal. The balance of the handle is a classical clad female seen in profile with long tresses. Her left arm is extended downward and supports a shield-like cartouche that is engraved with the letter "A”. Her right arm is bent at the elbow and surrounded by a scrolling motif. The back is decorated with an incised line around the entire handle and one large flower with four petals at about the mid-point. Siren Pattern. The "A1" on the back stamp indicates that this is the best quality flatware produced by this company. 1847 Rogers Brothers, a division of Meriden Britannia Co, also produce this pattern. Condition: Very good; slight wear.
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