Fish fork



c. 1870
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General Description

While no part of the design of this fish set, which includes this fish fork and a fish knife (1992.7.10.1), was patented, its eccentric blade and tine shapes were usually used in conjunction with handles designed by John R. Wendt or Bernard D. Beiderhase. As a result, it is believed that this example was produced by either Wendt or Beiderhase, or possibly one of their successor firms, Renziehausen & Co. or Adams & Shaw Co.

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), 332.

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