Dinner Fork, Roman Medallion Pattern

Henry G. ReedPatented December 29, 1868

Brooklyn Museum

Brooklyn Museum
Brooklyn, New York City, United States

Dinner fork with four straight tines. Decoration begins with symmetrical volutes on either side of the outer edge. Stem then narrows slightly and, except for an incised line, which outlines the entire handle, is undecorated for over half its length. Handle is then punctuated by a small round projection, which contains a twelve-leaf floret. Handle then flares out to a circular end and which is capped by a small double-tiered rounded projection. Circular end of the handle contains a profile view of a plume-helmeted classical soldiers head set against a background of closely placed horizontal lines in imitation of engraving technique. The reverse is undecorated except for three scripted initials: "D.D.P." Roman Medallion Pattern.Condition: Very good; normal wear.


  • Title: Dinner Fork, Roman Medallion Pattern
  • Date Created: Patented December 29, 1868
  • Location Created: Taunton, Massachusetts, USA
  • Type: Food/Drink, Service
  • Rights: Gift of Kate Carmel
  • External Link: http://www.brooklynmuseum.org/opencollection/objects/116028/Dinner_Fork_Roman_Medallion_Pattern
  • Medium: Silver plate
  • Signed: no signature
  • Markings: Stamped on back: "REED&BARTON 8" and "PAT.DEC.29.1868"
  • Maker: Henry G. Reed
  • Inscribed: no inscriptions
  • Dimensions: 7 9/16 x 1 x 3/4 in. (19.2 x 2.5 x 1.9 cm)
  • Collection: Decorative Arts
  • Accession number: 88.103

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