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Fish slice

Fish slice

  • Place of origin:

    London (made)

  • Date:

    1796-1797 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Barnett, Michael (maker)
    Peter and Ann Bateman (maker)

  • Materials and Techniques:


  • Credit Line:

    Given by J. H. Fitzhenry

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

The middle of the 18th century saw the introduction of a number of novelties, whereas previously the tendency had been to experiment and make do with objects designed originally for other purposes. Amongst these novelties were the ‘Pudding Trowle’ such as the one supplied to the Earl of Kildare by Wakelin in 1745. The ‘trowle’ normally consisted of a triangular blade which was pierced and sawn to various designs; that this should also be used for fish as well as pudding soon became obvious and by the 1770s when it was suddenly fashionable to eat whitebait, a large number were not only fish shaped in outline but also pierced and chased to represent one. The earliest trowels usually had solid silver handles; later turned and stained ivory handles became the rule. By the 19th century a fish slice was supplied with almost every service of table silver (flatware) and the handles were naturally the same pattern as the rest of the plate.

Physical description

Silver, pointed blade pierced with a boder of of leaf ornament, the edge has a raised rim; pointed handle.

Place of Origin

London (made)


1796-1797 (made)


Barnett, Michael (maker)
Peter and Ann Bateman (maker)

Materials and Techniques


Marks and inscriptions

London hallmarks for 1796-7

Mark of Peter and Ann Bateman
On the blade

Mark of Michael Barnett
On the handle


Length: 12 in, Width: 3.25 in maximum

Object history note

Gift - J E Fitzhenry, Esq.
Acquisition RF: Fitzhenry

Descriptive line

London hallmarks for 1796-7, marks of Peter and Ann Bateman and Michael Barnett.





Subjects depicted

Leaf motifs


Eating; Metalwork; Tableware & cutlery


Metalwork Collection

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