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Olive Spoon

Decorative Arts

MEDIUM Silver, gilt
DATES ca. 1880
DIMENSIONS length: 11 3/4 in. (29.9 cm)  (show scale)
MARKINGS impressed on back of stem: Lion Passant, Anchor, Gothic Letter G. Sterling 267.
SIGNATURE not signed
INSCRIPTIONS no inscriptions
COLLECTIONS Decorative Arts
MUSEUM LOCATION This item is not on view
CREDIT LINE Gift of Elsie Rushmore, by exchange and H. Randolph Lever Fund
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CAPTION Gorham Manufacturing Company (founded 1865). Olive Spoon, ca. 1880. Silver, gilt, length: 11 3/4 in. (29.9 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Gift of Elsie Rushmore, by exchange and H. Randolph Lever Fund, 1996.33. Creative Commons-BY
IMAGE overall, CUR.1996.33.jpg. Brooklyn Museum photograph, 2010
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CATALOGUE DESCRIPTION Olive server: Silver with gilding. At one end of server is a pointed oval bowl pierced with leaf vein pattern and engraved with a single serrated leaf. Bowl is joined by leaf stem to a realistically modeled twig stem, which terminates in a point of graduated triangular barbs. Three quarters of the way up the stem a three-dimensional olive and two realistic leaves sprout from the stem. The olive has a matte surface and is engraved with script initials: J.F.T. CONDITION - Good. Normal wear and rubbing to gilding.
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Olive Spoon