<em>Toothpick Holder (Amerigo Vespucci & Christopher Columbus)</em>, ca. 1892. Glass, 2 7/8 x 2 x 2 in. (7.3 x 5.1 x 5.1 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Gift of Mrs. William Greig Walker by subscription, 40.189. Creative Commons-BY (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, 40.189_acetate_bw.jpg)

Toothpick Holder (Amerigo Vespucci & Christopher Columbus)

Medium: Glass

Geograhical Locations:

Dates:ca. 1892

Dimensions: 2 7/8 x 2 x 2 in. (7.3 x 5.1 x 5.1 cm)


Museum Location: Luce Visible Storage and Study Center, 5th Floor

Accession Number: 40.189

Image: 40.189_acetate_bw.jpg,

Catalogue Description:
Colorless pressed glass toothpick holder with applied gilt accents. Square form with flared corners at top and bottom; bottom corners form feet. Each side is decorated with round medallion in molded relief and gilt accents: (1) profile bust of Amerigo Vespucci with inscription "AMERICUS VESPUCIUS"; (2) American eagle and shield; (3) profile head of Columbus with inscription "1492 1892 / CHRISTOPHER COLUMBUS"; (4) heraldic shield topped by crown, shield contains four registers with a castle tower in two diagonally opposed registers and a rampant lion in the other two. CONDITION: Good; small chips along edges and feet; loss of gilding around upper edge and medallions.

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