Posted 6 years ago
I was very happy to find this fork today. I was just reading an article about marks on European silver plate. Specifically about Fraget in Poland/Russia. And then I came upon this fork. I think it is one of those cases where it is better left uncleaned, in this condition. For some reason it looks perfectly old to me. I tried to highlight the makers mark in the third picture but I was not getting good light at all. It reads:
"FRAGET N PLAQUE" (Fraget Silver Plate on Alpacca)
"The coat of arms of the Russian Empire (double-headed eagle to the left) on the mark means a gold medal at the All-Russia Exhibition of Manufactured Goods or the sign of the official purveyor to the Court of His Majesty Russian Tsar."
Anyone know the pattern name or type of fork?
Based on the link to the following article that I read I would date the fork between 1896-1915. Anyone agree/disagree please chime in. The history of Fraget and Norblin can be found in the link posted below. It was a very interesting read for me. Thanks for the help and for visiting.