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"Tipsy Tavener" Fork, late 18th–mid-19th century

This is a Fork. It is dated late 18th–mid-19th century and we acquired it in 1951. Its medium is ivory, later silver-plated metal tines. It is a part of the Product Design and Decorative Arts department.

This object was donated by Estate of David Wolfe Bishop. It is credited Gift of the Estate of David Wolfe Bishop.

  • Fork (Germany), ca. 1600–1630
  • carved coral, cast and chased gilt silver.
  • The Robert L. Metzenberg Collection, gift of Eleanor L. Metzenberg.
  • 1985-103-81

Its dimensions are

L x W x D: 19.5 x 3.8 x 2.5 cm (7 11/16 x 1 1/2 x 1 in.)

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"Tipsy Tavener" Fork, late 18th–mid-19th century; ivory, later silver-plated metal tines; L x W x D: 19.5 x 3.8 x 2.5 cm (7 11/16 x 1 1/2 x 1 in.); Gift of the Estate of David Wolfe Bishop; 1951-84-15

This object was previously on display as a part of the exhibition Feeding Desire: Design and the Tools of the Table, 1500-2005.

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