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ahwt

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I found this flatware in the Assyrian Head pattern in Atlanta this month. From the top they are an ice spoon, a cake saw and a fish knife and serving fork. This pattern was patented in 1886 and was a full line flatware set by Meriden Britannia. The mark for 1847 Rogers Brothers is on three of the pieces and the cake knife has the Rogers Bros. mark.

It is a fun if rather unusual pattern that came with different heads on the pieces according to the dealer. The ones I brought show two of the different heads.

I am not sure what the function of the ice spoon is as I would have thought that it would be better not to have holes in the spoon.

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This is probably my favorite pattern! I am trying to accumulate a set by finding it piece by piece while out picking, and until I saw this post, I never paid attention to the fact that the heads are different!

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H.W. Hirschfeld was the inventor of this design. The patent for the Assyrian design is Design Patent No. 16713. Mr. Hirschfeld was interesting to me as he also held a utility patent in addition to other design patents so he was a valuable employee to Meriden Britannia.
The company may have thought that different heads would add interest to the pattern and today I suspect many would like to have one piece showing each head.

As an aside I just watched a Nature program on PBS showing the nests that various animals built. One was the packrat that carried back to his home many non-functional items that decorated their homes. They may have been one of my distant relatives.

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The Assyrian Head pattern also came with a full line of hollowware. Here is a picture of the teapot. I have seen trays, baskets, and even lamps in this pattern. The hollow handled pieces are really exceptional.

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Thanks for posting a picture of your teapot.
The design for this silver seem more Mayan than Assyrian. I wonder how they choose Assyrian as the name.

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