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George III silver toasting fork
Sydenham William Peppin, London, 1816

 

 

 

Of very high quality, the large silver fork with four long tines below a baluster and knop long shaft,

attached to a baluster-turned and ring-turned wooden handle (probably ebony or similar exotic wood)

ending in a knop finial

 

Toasting forks were used almost daily in the Georgian period

for toasting the fireplace toasting of butter bread and crumpets, as well as cheese sandwiches. 

It is said the majority of toasting forks are made of iron, those of silver being made for use in the dining room,

 either by those who wished to do their own cooking, or perhaps the medicinal properties of silver itself. 

The largest collection is in the V&A, dating back to a 1669 Charles II example forward to an 1889 Victorian example.

They comprise many forms, from 2-pronged fork (for the toasting of bread and cheese together)

 to those whose tines loop over forming a wirework small basket. 

In 1809, a toasting fork with a telescoping handle was introduced.

Others have buckhorn or even ivory handles.

These, together with exotic wooden handles, are easier to hold as they do not conduct the heat.

 

Condition : Excellent, with crisp marks; the handle turning with one minor nick, visible in image below

 

16.5" Long / 2.9 Total oz.

 

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#6864

 

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EARLY BRITISH TABLE SILVER : A SHORT HISTORY

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 George III Silver Toasting Fork, Peppin, London 1816