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What is this?

Foliate decorated handle, spade with serrated edge and pointed tip has engraved decoration of a scene with palm trees and a tent.

Why is this in our collection?

Ornamental patterns on flatware were all the rage in American flatware of this period and specialized servers were coming into use for an increasing variety of foods. This piece demonstrates the interest in ice cream, which was often so hard that it needed to be sawn. The cake saw is engraved with the name “Meta” for Meta Kemble de Forest, wife of Lockwood de Forest. Lockwood de Forest designed the Teak Room in the Carnegie Mansion. The carved woodwork in the Teak Room was made in a studio de Forest had set up in Ahmedabad, India. The room’s walls are covered with Indian-inspired stencils of de Forest’s design, all installed when the house was built in 1902. Lockwood de Forest was related to... more

This is a cake saw from United States. It is dated 1870s and we acquired it in 2011. Museum purchase from General Acquisitions Endowment Fund. This object is currently resting in our storage facility ZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZ

Its medium is

cut, engraved and stamped silver.

Its dimensions are

L x W x D: 27.6 x 4.1 x 0.2 cm (10 7/8 x 1 5/8 x 1/16 in.)

It has the following markings

On one side: "S.D.B. Brower & Son/ STERLING 925"/ an eagle facing left in an oval conjoined with a lozenge with "HD [?]&B"

It is inscribed

Engraved on end of handle in cartouche: "Meta"

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