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Assyrian Head Fish Knife, 1885–86

This is a Fish knife. It is dated 1885–86 and we acquired it in 1996. Its medium is silver-plated metal. It is a part of the Product Design and Decorative Arts department.

In the nineteenth century, flatware was highly specialized, and owning large sets of these implements signaled wealth and social status. Sets became popular and more readily available with new plating and double-sided die-stamping technologies, enabling a truly lavish effect for a variety of incomes. Flatware grew more elaborately decorated often under the influence of historical revival styling. This fish knife, a specialized utensil on its own, bears Meriden Britannia’s “Assyrian Head” pattern, which adorned the entire set.

This object was fund: Decorative Arts Association Acquisition Fund. It is credited Museum purchase from Decorative Arts Association Acquisition Fund.

  • Cake Saw (USA), 1870s
  • cut, engraved and stamped silver.
  • Museum purchase from General Acquisitions Endowment Fund.
  • 2011-7-1

Its dimensions are

L x W: 30 x 7.5 cm (11 13/16 x 2 15/16 in.)

Cite this object as

Assyrian Head Fish Knife, 1885–86; USA; silver-plated metal; L x W: 30 x 7.5 cm (11 13/16 x 2 15/16 in.); Museum purchase from Decorative Arts Association Acquisition Fund; 1996-79-1

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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