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Fork with Porcelain Handle Fork

This is a fork. It is dated 1830–1860 and we acquired it in 1985. Its medium is porcelain, vitreous enamel, silver, gold. It is a part of the Product Design and Decorative Arts department.

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

Its dimensions are

L x W: 20.6 x 2.2 cm (8 1/8 x 7/8 in.)

It has the following markings

On base of tines (reverse): [1] two crossed swords in oval contour, "12" between the two blades, "D" between the sword handles, a horizontal line in the centre, stamped (city mark for Dresden?) [2] "G", stamped (year mark?) [3] "TM", stamped (maker's mark?)

It is signed

Unsigned

It is inscribed

Uninscribed

Cite this object as

Fork with Porcelain Handle Fork; Germany; porcelain, vitreous enamel, silver, gold; L x W: 20.6 x 2.2 cm (8 1/8 x 7/8 in.); The Robert L. Metzenberg Collection, gift of Eleanor L. Metzenberg; 1985-103-186

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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