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Dinner Fork

Decorative Arts

On View: Luce Visible Storage and Study Center, 5th Floor
MEDIUM Silverplate
DATES ca. 1871
DIMENSIONS 7 1/2 x 3/4 x 7/8 in. (19.1 x 1.9 x 2.2 cm)
MARKINGS Stamped on back: "(star) ROGER& BRO.A1"
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 1989.19.7
CREDIT LINE Gift of Joseph V. Garry
CATALOGUE DESCRIPTION Dinner fork with four plain straight tines. Straight sides of narrow handle are interrupted by a circular projection at mid-point. Sides of handle then flare out to the end of the handle where they angle inward to form a triangular crest interrupted by symmetrical scrolls near the top of triangle. Molded highly conventionalized anthemion motif at the beginning of handle. There is a related abstract arrow and scroll motif in the central circular projection against vertical striations within this projection. In the triangular cap is a larger version of the motif at the beginning of the handle just below the symmetrical scrolls that project at the triangular cap of the handle. The reverse has identical decoration. Persian Pattern. Condition: Very good. Normal wear, slight overall scratching. Slight loss of plate on reverse at base of tines.
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