Gothic dessert knife

MAKER:
Maker

William Gale & Son ( American, 1853 - 1867 )


Retailer

Church and Batterson

DATE:
designed 1847, produced 1852
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General Description

The handles of Gothic flatware, patented by Gale & Hayden in 1847 and later produced by its successor William Gale & Son, feature elements drawn from 13th-century architecture, such as arches, quatrefoils, and crenallations. Another version of Gothic flatware without crenallations was also patented and produced.

Adapted from

Charles L. Venable, Silver in America, 1840-1940: A Century of Splendor (Dallas, Texas: Dallas Museum of Art; New York, New York; Harry N. Abrams, Inc., 1994), 329.