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Grape shears

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The cast handles of the fancy grape shears are decorated with three-dimensional grapes and vine leaves, which have been chased to refine the ornament. The pivot hinge and surface show wear consistent with regular use.

Inscription

None.

Marks

“G [in Gothic letter] / GEBELEIN / STERLING” struck incuse on underside of blade.

Provenance

Descended in the family of silversmith George C. Gebelein (1878 – 1945). Purchased from the estate of J. Herbert Gebelein (1906 – 1986), George’s son, with funds provided by the donor.

Credit Line

Museum purchase with funds donated by Gertrude S. Atwood

1909–1945

Object Place

Boston, Massachusetts, United States

Dimensions

15.75 x 40.64 cm (6 3/16 x 16 in.)

Accession Number

1987.74

Medium or Technique

Silver

Collections

Americas

Classifications

Silver flatware