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Fruit Knife, One of Set of Six

Decorative Arts and Design

MEDIUM Silver, bronze, gilding
DATES ca. 1880
DIMENSIONS 3/16 x 7 3/4 x 7/8 in. (0.5 x 19.7 x 2.2 cm)  (show scale)
MARKINGS Impressed on one side of blade near handle: row of 3 small hallmarks including lion, anchor, and "G" in Gothic script / "STERLING / 5"
CREDIT LINE H. Randolph Lever Fund
CATALOGUE DESCRIPTION Fruit knife with japonisme-inspired decorations, part of a set of six. Silver blade is an arched rectangle shape with pointed tip, curving sides, and flare at handle juncture; etched motifs of flowers on one side and long grass and birds on other side. Straight rectangular bronze handle molded on both sides with identical scene of a fight between a lion and a dragon; gilded accents. Condition: Good; shows some wear and loss to gilding.
MUSEUM LOCATION This item is not on view
CAPTION Gorham Manufacturing Company (1865–1961). Fruit Knife, One of Set of Six, ca. 1880. Silver, bronze, gilding, 3/16 x 7 3/4 x 7/8 in. (0.5 x 19.7 x 2.2 cm). Brooklyn Museum, H. Randolph Lever Fund, 1997.66.4. Creative Commons-BY (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, 1997.66.10-13_1997.66.2_1997.66.4_1997.66.5_1997.66.6.jpg)
IMAGE group, 1997.66.10-13_1997.66.2_1997.66.4_1997.66.5_1997.66.6.jpg. Brooklyn Museum photograph, 2004
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