Fork

Description
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.
date made
1740 - 1760
Physical Description
silver (handle material)
steel (tines material)
Measurements
overall: 5/8 in x 7 7/8 in x 1 in; 1.5875 cm x 20.0025 cm x 2.54 cm
place made
United Kingdom: England
ID Number
1978.2424.17
accession number
1978.2424
catalog number
1978.2424.17
subject
Domestic Furnishings
American Enterprise
See more items in
Home and Community Life: Domestic Life
American Enterprise
Exhibition
American Enterprise
Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center
Credit Line
Gift of Cornelia B. Peterson
Additional Media

Visitor Comments

Add a comment about this object

**Please read before submitting the form**

Have a comment or question about this object to share with the community? Please use the form below. Selected comments will appear on this page and may receive a museum response (but we can't promise). Please note that we generally cannot answer questions about the history, rarity, or value of your personal artifacts.

Have a question about anything else, or would you prefer a personal response? Please visit our FAQ or contact page.

Personal information will not be shared or result in unsolicited e-mail. See our privacy policy.

Image CAPTCHA
Enter the characters shown in the image.