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What is this?

Three-tined fork, square shoulder, shaped stem with heart-shaped pierced hole, baluster neck. Silver ferrule with engraved borders. Ivory handle carved in deep relief with entwined hunting dogs and prey: roe, stag, rabbits, boar. Button cap at end of handle.

This is a fork from Netherlands. It is dated 1650–1700 and we acquired it in 1985. The Robert L. Metzenberg Collection, gift of Eleanor L. Metzenberg.

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Its medium is

ivory, steel, silver

Its dimensions are

L x W: 18 x 2.2 cm (7 1/16 x 7/8 in.)

This object was donated by Eleanor L. Metzenberg and catalogued by S. Wilmering

This object and one other are part of a set whose first object is Fork And Knife (Southern Germany), late 17th–early 18th century.

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This object has been included in the following exhibitions:

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<ref name=CH>{{cite web |url= |title=Fork (probably Netherlands), 1650–1700 |author=Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum |accessdate=4 August 2015 |publisher=Smithsonian Institution}}</ref>

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