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Posted 6 years ago

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This fork I have previously posted as 'Can you ID sterling fish fork?' but I needed to add a few pictures to continue the quest.

Thanks MiKKoChristmas11 for the detailed response. I don't doubt your ID but I still have a few questions.
The pictures in my original post were not "straight on" so they distorted the proportions a bit. The photos in this post may represent it more accurately.

The fork is Gorham with the "old marks" but is it a serving fork? I really know little about this type of thing, but I would have thought a serving fork would be bigger. You asked in the previous post if it was 6 1/8" long, it is closer to 6 1/4". Maybe that minor difference is "splitting hairs" but I don't know. What does the length tell you?

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  1. Bootson Bootson, 6 years ago
    Thanks Bellin68, Man you are fast.
  2. Bootson Bootson, 6 years ago
    and you moved to WI ?!!! ... musta been desperate, running from the law no doubt.
  3. miKKoChristmas11 miKKoChristmas11, 6 years ago
    Hi, Bootson. Great details - thanks particularly for the measurements. I just checked in before departing on duties and for Good Friday service, so I won't be able to substantitate my earlier judgment until early evening. I will present my argument and provide any great links I can find. I had more yesterday, but it would have made the posting even longer. I still think that it's a serving fork, but will revisit this, of course. FYI, I hedge just about everything - old Philosophy major - we love to be tentative. I'm no silver expert, but I love old silver, and I will enjoy trying to substantiate this. Thanks for the extra photos. Hope you didn't delete the other listing. The photo of the reverse of the 'utensil-end', which you provided in the earlier listing, displays a most unusual 'cut card work' - which I presume is actually cast, not applied - that could be most significant....I'll be back. miKKo
  4. Bootson Bootson, 6 years ago
    Great miKKoChristmas11, In the meantime I will post more pictures. I don't know what 'cut card work' is but it sounds interesting.
    No rush, I have waited 8 months, patience is my virtue/curse.

    You will have to get some more items of your own up on CW so I may be able to reciprocate.

    I once knew a Philosophy major, when asked about Philosophy all he would say was "It's a black hole ...a black hole".
    He then disappeared.
  5. stainedglass stainedglass, 6 years ago
    Hi Bootson...this service piece, is a salad fork. I too, collect older Gorham, ["Lion - Anchor - G"], mainly, in the Buttercup pattern. Gorham's salad forks, are denoted, by their 4th, wider / scoop-angled, tine, and measure, just a bit over 6".
  6. stainedglass stainedglass, 6 years ago
    Addendum: More specifically, an "individual" salad fork, which measure on average, of 6 3/8", as compared to, a "place size", salad fork, which are a bit longer, than "individual", and average 6 3/4".
  7. stainedglass stainedglass, 6 years ago
    Addendum: last one, I promise : ) Gorham "Chantilly" 1895, did produce a "Beef fork / small size" in 6 1/4". The final, determining factor, as to which fork it is, would be on how wide, the tine-span is. The Beef fork, would, of course, be a little wider.
    On that note...good night ; )
  8. stainedglass stainedglass, 6 years ago
  9. Bootson Bootson, 6 years ago
    Thanks stainedglass and welcome to the club.
    I have this same fork spread out over 3 posts.
    I think we can say its a beef serving fork, the picture on the web page you linked to is the best match I have seen.

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