This is a knife. It was made by Gorham Manufacturing Company. It is dated ca. 1880 and we acquired it in 1996. Its medium is cast and chased. It is a part of the Product Design and Decorative Arts department.
These knives by Gorham take the forms of Japanese swords with decorated handles. One shows stylized foliate decoration while the other shows a dove perched on a branch. Along with Tiffany and Co. and the Whiting Manufacturing Company, Gorham was one of the most prevalent American adaptors of the motifs and forms of Japanese metalwork.
It is credited
Museum purchase from General Acquisitions Endowment Fund.
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Its dimensions are
L x W x D: 19.8 x 2.1 x 0.7 cm (7 13/16 x 13/16 x 1/4 in.)
Cite this object as
Knife (USA); Made by Gorham Manufacturing Company (United States); cast and chased; L x W x D: 19.8 x 2.1 x 0.7 cm (7 13/16 x 13/16 x 1/4 in.); Museum purchase from General Acquisitions Endowment Fund; 1996-81-5
This object was previously on display as a part of the exhibition Passion for the Exotic: Japonism.