fork, dinner; cutlery, set, part of

fork, dinner; cutlery, set, part of

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Dinner fork, one of a set of six (1986.0531.09-.14) that match a set of six dinner knives (1986.0531.03-.08)
Two-tined fork with baluster stem. Tines, stem, and tang are one piece of tin-plated steel. Bone scales are riveted to the top and bottom of the tang with brass pins to form a tapered block handle with chamfered edges and corners and a blunt butt. Central brass pin on front is larger than the other two. Metal is discolored, scratched and has some rust spots. Much of the tin is worn off. Bone is yellowed and crazed, cracked and chipped around edges and pulling away from the tang.
Underside of baluster is stamped: “STEEL”
Blades of matching knives are stamped: “L. BOOTH/SHEFFIELD”
Maker is possibly L[uke] Booth, active in Sheffield, England in the early 19th century until his death in 1855.
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Object Name
fork, dinner
Object Type
Other Terms
Fork, Dinner; Cutlery
date made
1820- 1840
place made
United Kingdom: England, Sheffield, Sheffield
Physical Description
metal, brass (pins material)
metal, tin-plated steel (overall material)
bone (scales material)
overall: 3/8 in x 6 3/4 in x 5/8 in;.9525 cm x 17.145 cm x 1.5875 cm
ID Number
accession number
catalog number
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Cultural and Community Life: Domestic Life
Domestic Furnishings
Data Source
National Museum of American History
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