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Carving knife and fork

Object Number: 
1941.949ab
Date: 
1878-1880
Medium: 
Silver, mother-of-pearl
Dimensions: 
fork: 9 1/2 x 1 1/4 x 1 1/8 in. ( 24.1 x 3.2 x 2.9 cm ) knife: 11 7/8 x 1 x 3/8 in. ( 30.2 x 2.5 x 1 cm )
Marks: 
stamped: on the handle sockets: "STERLING" stamped: on the knife blade: "REED & BARTON" stamped: on the fork rest: "PAT'D/ MAY 7TH/ 1878"
Description: 
Silver carving knife and fork with pointed, mother-of-pearl handles fitted with molded handle sockets decorated with foliate scrolls; flat, curved, knife blade; fork has two long pointed tines and has cast folding thumb-rest consisting of prongs and trident at shoulder; makers' hallmarks stamped on knife and fork handle sockets, knife blade, and fork rest.
Credit Line: 
Gift of Adelaide Milton de Groot
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.
Creative: Tronvig Group