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Fish Slice

Decorative Arts

MEDIUM Silverplate
  • Place Made: England
  • DATES 2nd half 19th century
    DIMENSIONS 1 x 12 1/2 x 2 3/8 in. (2.5 x 31.8 x 6 cm)  (show scale)
    MARKINGS Impressed on underside of handle: a row of five tiny hallmarks containing, from left to right "B"; "B"; [pictograph]; [pictograph]; "EP" within shield
    COLLECTIONS Decorative Arts
    MUSEUM LOCATION This item is not on view
    ACCESSION NUMBER 1996.37.24
    CREDIT LINE Gift of Mrs. John H. Livingston
    RIGHTS STATEMENT Creative Commons-BY
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    CAPTION Fish Slice, 2nd half 19th century. Silverplate, 1 x 12 1/2 x 2 3/8 in. (2.5 x 31.8 x 6 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Gift of Mrs. John H. Livingston, 1996.37.24. Creative Commons-BY
    IMAGE overall, 1996.37.24.jpg. Brooklyn Museum photograph, 2004
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    CATALOGUE DESCRIPTION Silver-plate fish slice. Oblong, flat blade with pointed tip; pierced around edge with double row of comma-shaped holes; etched leaf and scroll decorations near tip and base of blade. At base, blade tapers with scrolled edges, then arches up to form narrow handle with lobed grip at end. Handle decorated in relief on both top and undersides with foliate and shell forms. Condition: Good; small nicks and scratches all over.
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