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Salad servers (spoon and fork)

Object Number: 
1946.99ab
Date: 
ca. 1875
Medium: 
Silver
Dimensions: 
Part (spoon): 10 1/4 x 2 5/8 x 1 5/8 in. (26 x 6.7 x 4.1 cm) Part (fork): 10 x 2 1/2 x 1 1/2 in. (25.4 x 6.4 x 3.8 cm)
Marks: 
engraved: on the underside of the spoon: "Minnie" in gothic script stamped: on the underside of the bowl: "5 A/ STERLING"
Description: 
Oxidized silver salad servers consist of fork and spoon; both fork and spoon have cast anthropomorphic handles rendered as ivy wrapped branches with bird talon stems and curved open-work ends with mounted bird figures; shallow, matte-finished bowls; fork bowl has pierced foliate pattern and five arrow-shaped tines; pointed oval spoon bowl has engraved foliate design at center; both have bat-wing rims applied to upper edges of bowls; each bowl reverse also engraved "Minnie" in gothic-style characters; maker's hallmarks stamped at undersides of the bowls.
Gallery Label: 
These salad servers were given to the donor's mother, Mary (Minnie) Merritt on the occassion of her marriage to Robert Jones Henderson, May 12, 1875 in Philadelphia, PA.
Credit Line: 
Gift of Mrs. Irving McKesson
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.
Creative: Tronvig Group