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17th CENTURY STYLE SILVER TRAVELING FOLDING FORK
Cornelius Rietveld, Schoonhoven, 1888
19th Century Dutch Duty Marks

 

17th Century Style Dutch Traveling Folding Fork with Spoon, Cornelius Rietveld, 1888

 

 

The finial cast as an armless female figure above the face of a bearded man,
the beard becoming the square tapering horizontally-ribbed shaft,
the lower shaft folding to a three-tine fork headed by a further man's mask and secured by a movable slide;
the removable bowl with five silver slots for the fork tines,
bearing a family crest of a heron mounted under a coronet with twelve balls;

 

Marks :
Fork : b. within a shield,
a 19th century sword mark, Minerva (M for Schoonhoven) mark,
date letter D (Gothic) for 1888,
and small illegible rectangular mark (perhaps "small silver) on the shaft side
Bowl : small illegible rectangular mark,
lion for 833 silver, and mark of Cornelius Rietveld (R over 133)

 

Note : A similar folding fork with spoon (minus the bowl arms) by Bernardus Hendriks Eerdmans Bolsward,
b. 1756; d. Bolsward, February 4, 1838 was sold by this gallery a few years ago.

 

Ref : See British Cutlery, Illustrated History of Design, Evolution & Use, Peter Brown, pp. 20-1,
and p. 93 for a related folding spoon, Dutch or Italian, c1620.
In the 17th century, a person of means would have traveling eating utensils of silver.
Such a utensil could also have a fork attached to the back of a spoon, and/or a toothpick emerging from the finial.
In the 19th century, there was a revivalof interest in this "novel" early type of utensil.

 
Condition : Excellent with minor wear; fork receptacles on bowl verso showing silver solder marks
 
5" long / 1.5 oz.

 

Price : Please Inquire

 

 #6801

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
     
Marks on tines and bowl, as described above

 

 

 

Also See :

 

Rare 17th Century Brass Traveling Folding Spoon with Leather Case, Enland, c1690

 

Rare Late 17th Century Brass Travelling Spoon & A Case

England, c1690

 

 


 

 

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17th Century Style Silver Traveling Folding Fork with Spoon, Corelius Rietveld,1888