Two-tined, silver pistol-grip fork with engraved armorial device on hollow handle depicting crest of a mermaid or siren with flowing hair and textured skin in profile proper erased on a ducal coronet and wreath. Straight tines with U-shaped root on smooth baluster shaft. No marks. From a set of 12 knives and 12 forks stored in original shagreen-covered case, 1978.2424.01-.025.
Object Name
date made
1740 - 1760
Physical Description
silver (handle material)
steel (tines material)
overall: 5/8 in x 7 7/8 in x 1 1/8 in; 1.5875 cm x 20.0025 cm x 2.8575 cm
place made
United Kingdom: England
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accession number
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Home and Community Life: Domestic Life
Domestic Furnishings
American Enterprise
American Enterprise
Exhibition Location
National Museum of American History
Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center
Credit Line
Gift of Cornelia B. Peterson
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