M. FORD CREECH ANTIQUES & FINE ARTS
17TH CENTURY STYLE SILVER TRAVELING FOLDING FORK-CUM-SPOON
The Netherlands, 19th Century
The folding 3-tine fork with removable spoon, the fork tines headed by the mask of an
Egyptian goddess, the shaft movable slide cast as a goat head's mask, and the terminal
with a removable pick having a seated lion finial and shield shape verso engraved V;
the bowl with five slots for the fork tines, the bowl interior bearing a coat of arms
(possibly pseudo) : a shield quartered with lozenges and birds, surmounted by a plumed helmet;
marked to the bowl and fork
Ref : see British Cutlery, Illustrated History of Design, Evolution & Use, Peter Brown, pp. 20-1,
and p. 93 for a related folding spoon, Dutch or Italian, c1620.
At this time, a person of means would have traveling eating utensils of silver.
Such a utensil could also have a fork attached to the back of a spoon,
and/or a toothpick emerging from the finial.
Condition : Excellent with minor wear; one small silver repair at the base of the pick;
fork receptacles on bowl verso showing silver solder marks
6.25" Long / 1.6 oz.
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