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What is this?

Flat rectangular aluminum handle with brushed surface, adonized green. Rectangular blade adonized purple with rounded outer point and bevelled cutting edge. Blade affixed to handle side with three silver rivets.

This object is full of stories

American designer David Tisdale won both the American Craft Museum Design Award (1985) and the Pantone Color Award (1988) for his Picnic Flatware. Tisdale’s focus on basic geometric outlines in his rainbow-colored eating utensils highlights their elemental function rather than intricate ergonomic shapes. Tisdale gained acclaim for this flatware, although he also designs jewelry in a similar Constructivist manner — his bracelets, earrings, and brooches contain geometric shapes, straight lines, and flat areas of color.

This is a dinner knife from United States. It is dated 1986 and we acquired it in 1986. Museum purchase from Eleanor G. Hewitt Fund.

Its medium is

anodized aluminum

Its dimensions are

L x W x D: 20.5 x 2.4 x 0.5 cm (8 1/16 x 15/16 x 3/16 in.)

It has the following markings

Engraved in script on the handle: "David Tisdale c. 1986"

This object was made by David Tisdale and designed by David Tisdale

This object has been included in the following exhibitions:

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