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Knife, Brilliant Pattern

Decorative Arts

On View: Luce Visible Storage and Study Center, 5th Floor
MEDIUM Silverplate
COLLECTIONS Decorative Arts
MUSEUM LOCATION This item is on view in Luce Visible Storage and Study Center, 5th Floor
CREDIT LINE Gift of Joseph V. Garry
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CAPTION Reed & Barton (American, 1840-present). Knife, Brilliant Pattern. Silverplate Brooklyn Museum, Gift of Joseph V. Garry, 1992.91.1. Creative Commons-BY
IMAGE overall, CUR.1992.91.1.jpg. Brooklyn Museum photograph, 2010
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CATALOGUE DESCRIPTION Small oval projection at base of handle. Sides of handle flare gradually to rounded crest. Molded decoration begins on lower handle with small flower with two pairs of leaves below whose long stem is intersected by two narrow diagonals. Upper section of handle with continuous narrow border of tripartite leaf motif. Below crest large diagonal tripartite band with undecorated central area, zigzag border above and border of overlapping decorated disks below. In curve of crest above diagonal overall Oriental diaper pattern. Below diagonal, half-sun motif and waving plant stems with long leaves and small flowers against stippled ground. Reverse of handle with identical decoration.
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