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Dinner Fork

Decorative Arts

MEDIUM Silver-plate
DATES ca. 1897
DIMENSIONS 7 1/2 x 1 x 7/8 in. (19.1 x 2.5 x 2.2 cm)
MARKINGS stamped on back: "*ROGERS & BRO. A1"
SIGNATURE Unsigned
INSCRIPTIONS no inscriptions
COLLECTIONS Decorative Arts
MUSEUM LOCATION This item is not on view
ACCESSION NUMBER 88.156.8
CREDIT LINE Gift of Robert Tuggle
CATALOGUE DESCRIPTION Dinner fork with four straight tines. The decoration begins at the handle top with a pointed arch and symmetrically balanced triangular-shaped shoulders. The outer edges of handle are framed by a raised line border, which continues down on handle and terminates midway with incurved C-scrolls. The molded decoration on the handle (top) with a bent Lily of the Valley spray that borders left edge and arches around center, followed below by a smaller spay bent and which extends down right edge. Within the incurved volutes (in handle center) is a stylized floral motif consisting of a raised vertical line flanked by two mirror-image, incurved volutes, and followed below by a mirror-image down-curved volute on either side; the base of the design terminates with a dot. Below is a thick round-edged horizontal band with a thinner horizontal band below that gradually taper and converge. The decoration on the reverse of handle consists of a raised square-edged border (around top and center protruding volutes), as on handle front. Princess Pattern. CONDITION: Fair; there are several scratches; the surface is highly oxidized.
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