Dinner Fork, "Japanese Pattern"
On View: Luce Visible Storage and Study Center, 5th Floor
patented August 5, 1879
7 1/8 x 1 x 1 in. (18.1 x 2.5 x 2.5 cm)
Stamped on back: "(illegible)" "HOLMES BOOTH & HAYDENS"
Gift of Kevin L. Stayton
Silver-plate with four straight tines. First third of handle is undecorated. Decoration begins with a molded narrow zigzag horizontal band, then two small triangles attached along one side bordered by narrow horizontal bands above and below. The main design is in the trapezoidal area and consists of an asymmetrical bamboo branch that diagonally divides the space. In the upper area towards the end of a handle is a molded butterfly. End of handle that has a gently arched contour with rounded shoulders has a zigzag band across the bottom and one above fitted into the gentle arch of the end of the handle, between are three parallel diagonal bands, the center one of zigzag design and the two outer ones with three florets in roundels. Reverse has similar decoration. In the large trapezoidal area is a molded bird on an asymmetrical leafy branch and stylized quarter sunburst in an upper quarter towards the handle. The three diagonal bands in the area near the end of the handle are missing. Japanese Pattern.
Condition: Fair, due to wear of plate on heel of fork and back of tines and to the raised plant and animal motives on front and back and loss along edges of handle front and back.
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