Cake knife

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Manufacturer

Gorham Manufacturing Company ( American, 1831 )

DATE:
c. 1875
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General Description

This cake knife is representative of the high quality of U.S. flatware design after the Civil War. Besides its fine bright-cut, pierced, and applied decoration, it is also well engineered, with teeth on the back of the blade to allow the server to cut through a cake's icing neatly.

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), 337.

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