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Platter (Knights of Labor)

Decorative Arts

On View: Luce Visible Storage and Study Center, 5th Floor
CULTURE American
MEDIUM Glass
  • Place Manufactured: United States
  • DATES 1869
    DIMENSIONS 1 x 8 3/4 x 11 3/4 in. (2.5 x 22.2 x 29.8 cm)  (show scale)
    INSCRIPTIONS Molded around figures in center: "KNIGHTS / OF / LABOR" and "UNITED WE STAND / DIVIDED WE FALL" Molded on caboose on left side of rim: "USM"
    COLLECTIONS Decorative Arts
    MUSEUM LOCATION This item is on view in Luce Visible Storage and Study Center, 5th Floor
    ACCESSION NUMBER 40.223
    CREDIT LINE Gift of Mrs. William Greig Walker by subscription
    RIGHTS STATEMENT Creative Commons-BY
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    CAPTION American. Platter (Knights of Labor), 1869. Glass, 1 x 8 3/4 x 11 3/4 in. (2.5 x 22.2 x 29.8 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Gift of Mrs. William Greig Walker by subscription, 40.223. Creative Commons-BY
    IMAGE overall, 40.223_acetate_bw.jpg. Brooklyn Museum photograph
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    CATALOGUE DESCRIPTION Oval blue pressed glass platter. In center are two male figures shaking hands: a bearded laborer (at left) holding a hammer or ax and a knight (at right) in armor touching his sheathed sword. They are surrounded by molded inscriptions: "KNIGHTS / OF / LABOR" and "UNITED WE STAND / DIVIDED WE FALL". At the four cardinal points around the rim are, counterclockwise from top: half-length figure of a man holding a scythe and a bundle of wheat; sailing vessel with multiple masts; horse standing in profile; and railroad train with three cars and an engineer (the engine car and two others). The caboose is inscribed: "USM". Edge of rim molded into a twisted rope border.
    RECORD COMPLETENESS Good (74%)
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