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Assyrian Head Cake Saw, 1886–87

This is a Cake saw. It was designed by Rogers Brothers Silver and manufactured by Meriden Brittania Company. It is dated 1886–87 and we acquired it in 1996. Its medium is silver-plated metal. It is a part of the Product Design and Decorative Arts department.

Large sets of matching specialized silverware became popular symbols of wealth and social status in the nineteenth century. The decoration on this cake saw, known as the “Assyrian Head” pattern, shows a crowned portrait head on the handle and a paisley pattern and scrolling ornament on the blade.

It is credited Museum purchase from Decorative Arts Association Acquisition Fund.

Its dimensions are

L x W: 27.3 x 4 cm (10 3/4 x 1 9/16 in.)

Cite this object as

Assyrian Head Cake Saw, 1886–87; Designed by Rogers Brothers Silver ; USA; silver-plated metal; L x W: 27.3 x 4 cm (10 3/4 x 1 9/16 in.); Museum purchase from Decorative Arts Association Acquisition Fund; 1996-79-5

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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