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Fork And Spoon (Germany), 1600–30

This is a Fork and spoon. It is dated 1600–30 and we acquired it in 1985. Its medium is carved coral, gilt silver. It is a part of the Product Design and Decorative Arts department.

Eating utensils were personal traveling accessories until the late 17th century. Luxurious materials reflected the owner’s taste and wealth. The natural red of the carved coral makes a colorful counterpoint to the gilded silver, while the gold also had a practical use: preventing tarnishing from acidic foods.

This object was donated by Eleanor L. Metzenberg. It is credited The Robert L. Metzenberg Collection, gift of Eleanor L. Metzenberg.

  • Comb (Italy), mid-19th century
  • cut and steam-bent tortoiseshell, gilt silver, carved coral.
  • Gift of the estate and in memory of Robert B. Noyes.
  • 1946-50-70
  • Plate, ca. 1760
  • tin-glazed earthenware.
  • Gift of Eugene V. and Clare E. Thaw.
  • 2017-20-9

Its dimensions are

H x W x D (Fork): 19 x 1.7 cm (7 1/2 x 11/16 in.) H x W x D (Spoon): 19.5 x 4.9 cm (7 11/16 x 1 15/16 in.)

It has the following markings

On shoulder of fork: embellished "N" within oval contour, flattened on top

This object was previously on display as a part of the exhibition Making Design.

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