Fish knife



c. 1870
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General Description

While no part of the design of this fish set, which includes this fish knife and fish fork (1992.7.10.2), 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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