Carving fork

Carving fork
Title
Carving fork
Date 
1887 - 1888
Medium 
Silver, steel, horn
Dimensions 
Overall: 16 1/4 x 1 1/4 x 1 1/4 in. ( 41.3 x 3.2 x 3.2 cm )
Description 
Silver and steel carving fork with bone handle, steel tines, and hollow cast silver finial. Finial is shield-shape and cast in vertical halves, with feathered, foliate and geometric decoration and beaded border at socket band; cylindrical handle socket at joint with tines constructed of die-stamped heart band with beaded edge; two tines have chamfered baluster stem with attached lever at underside.
Credit Line 
Gift of Louise Stafford Gilder, 12/14/73
Object Number 
INV.14512a
Marks 
stamped: on obverse of blade: "J. SETH HOPKINS & Co./ BALTIMORE" in Roman letters; on reverse of blade: "ENGLAND" in Roman letters staped: on the finial: "STERLING"
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.
Creative: Tronvig Group