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Oyster or Cocktail Fork, Columbia Pattern

Decorative Arts

On View: Luce Visible Storage and Study Center, 5th Floor
MEDIUM Silverplate
DATES ca. 1893
DIMENSIONS 5 3/4 x 9/16 x 5/16 in. (14.6 x 1.4 x 0.8 cm)
MARKINGS Stamped on back: "1847 ROGERS BROS A1 (roundel trademark)"
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 88.112.10
CREDIT LINE Gift of Robert Tuggle
CATALOGUE DESCRIPTION Oyster or cocktail fork with three tines. Central tine is straight. The two outer tines are notched and have curved sides. The handle has a long thin shaft decorated with a coiling vine and leaves and an asymmetrical Rococo contour decorated with a fish and scrolling leaves against a stippled background. Near the end of the handle is a blank reserve intended for initials. The reverse has similar decoration, but lacks the fish, Columbia Pattern. The "A1" in the back stamp indicates the best quality plate produced by this company. The William Rogers Manufacturing Co., Hartford, Connecticut, also produces with “Rogers & Bros” back stamp and this pattern. Condition: Very good. Normal wear, some scratches.
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