The long turned ebony shaft ending in a silver reeded and knopped ferrule and two silver tines,
and tipped with a silver cap and ring-form handle
Toasting forks were used almost daily in the Georgian period for 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 : Both silver and ebony shaft in excellent condition, with only minor signs of age and use;
no signs of repairs or restoration
31.5" Long Overall
The Ferrule & Tines, 6.5" Long / Tines 2.75" Long