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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.

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

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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