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Toasting fork

Object Number: 
1926.75
Date: 
1750-1800
Medium: 
Silver, ebony
Dimensions: 
Overall: 7 1/4 x 2 x 3/4 in. ( 18.4 x 5.1 x 1.9 cm )
Marks: 
stamped on the base of the tines: "W F" in a rectangle
Description: 
Silver and ebony toasting fork with three tapered tines, a molded baluster stem and a conical handle socket with molded ring on the end; socket fitted with a partial turned wooden handle.
Gallery Label: 
Although the handle has been identified as made of ebony, the donor claimed that the handle remnant was made of bog oak from the swamp north of Collect Pond in lower Manhattan. The fork was originally attributed to John Moulinar of New York City, but the mark cannot be linked to him. The "W F" mark has not been identified.
Credit Line: 
Gift of M. F. Savage
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.
Creative: Tronvig Group