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Dessert fork. Three-tined with short, faceted baluster stem that is one piece of steel with full tang. Bone scales are riveted to the tang with brass pins to form a tapered block handle with straight sides, chamfered edges, and rounded butt. Discoloration on metal. Bone is yellowed and crazed, starting to separate from the tang. Brass is corroded.
Stamped below tines: “STEEL/PATENTED”
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Object Name
fork, dessert
Object Type
Other Terms
Fork; Cutlery
date made
1850- 1860
place made
United Kingdom: England, Sheffield, Sheffield
United States
Physical Description
bone (scales material)
metal, steel (overall material)
metal, brass (pins material)
overall: 3/8 in x 6 7/8 in x 5/8 in;.9525 cm x 17.4625 cm x 1.5875 cm
ID Number
accession number
catalog number
Credit Line
Gift of Bernard R. Levine
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Cultural and Community Life: Domestic Life
Domestic Furnishings
Data Source
National Museum of American History
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