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Dinner Fork

Decorative Arts

On View: Luce Visible Storage and Study Center, 5th Floor
CULTURE American
MEDIUM Silver-plate
DATES ca. 1891
DIMENSIONS 7 1/2 x 1 x 9/16 in. (19.1 x 2.5 x 1.4 cm)
MARKINGS stamped on back: "41800. PAIRPOINT.MFG.CO."
SIGNATURE Unsigned
INSCRIPTIONS no inscriptions
COLLECTIONS Decorative Arts
MUSEUM LOCATION This item is on view in Luce Visible Storage and Study Center, 5th Floor
ACCESSION NUMBER 1989.71.11
CREDIT LINE Purchased with funds given by Joseph V. Garry
CATALOGUE DESCRIPTION Silver-plate with four straight even tines. The first half of the handle is essentially straight sided. After mid-point the sides flare out abruptly and then more gradually to create a long broad flat section that end with a gently curved crest. The molded decoration consists of: five thin arrows with heads pointed towards tines on first third of handle. Then a narrow band of dots above and below a stylized floral motif. Above this is a vertical branch of paired leaves that grows into a symmetrical classicizing motif of scrolling leaves, stylized flowers and centered anthemion designs against a stippled ground that fills the entire broad end of the handle. On the reverse is a band of seven florets that fit into the curved crest of the handle against a stippled ground and two opposed stylized floral motifs in the thin part of the handle; the balance of the reverse is undecorated. Dresden Pattern. CONDITION - Very good. The plate is very bright. Minor scratches and minor plate loss along the back edges of outer tines.
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