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Toasting fork

Toasting fork
Toasting fork
Toasting fork
Title
Toasting fork
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 )
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.
Credit Line 
Gift of M. F. Savage
Object Number 
1926.75
Marks 
stamped on the base of the tines: "W F" in a rectangle
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.
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.
Creative: Tronvig Group