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Dinner Fork

Decorative Arts and Design

MEDIUM Silver-plate
DATES ca. 1897
DIMENSIONS 7 1/2 x 1 x 7/8 in. (19.1 x 2.5 x 2.2 cm)
MARKINGS stamped on back: "*ROGERS & BRO. A1"
INSCRIPTIONS no inscriptions
CREDIT LINE Gift of Robert Tuggle
CATALOGUE DESCRIPTION Dinner fork with four straight tines. The decoration begins at the handle top with a pointed arch and symmetrically balanced triangular-shaped shoulders. The outer edges of handle are framed by a raised line border, which continues down on handle and terminates midway with incurved C-scrolls. The molded decoration on the handle (top) with a bent Lily of the Valley spray that borders left edge and arches around center, followed below by a smaller spay bent and which extends down right edge. Within the incurved volutes (in handle center) is a stylized floral motif consisting of a raised vertical line flanked by two mirror-image, incurved volutes, and followed below by a mirror-image down-curved volute on either side; the base of the design terminates with a dot. Below is a thick round-edged horizontal band with a thinner horizontal band below that gradually taper and converge. The decoration on the reverse of handle consists of a raised square-edged border (around top and center protruding volutes), as on handle front. Princess Pattern. CONDITION: Fair; there are several scratches; the surface is highly oxidized.
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