George Smith, London, 1784



The three long upturned tines below a shaped ferrule and long ring turned and baluster
wooden handle (probably ebony or similar exotic wood)
ending in a knop finial with leather hanging strap;

the ferrule with remains of script initials H. L. P.;
the tines fully marked with maker (George Smith), date, sterling and London marks


Toasting forks were used almost daily in the Georgian period for toasting the fireplace toasting

of butter bread and crumpets, as well as cheese sandwiches. It is said the majority of toasting forks are made of iron,

those of silver being made for use in the dining room, either by those who wished to do their own cooking,

or perhaps the medicinal properties of silver itself.
The largest collection is in the V&A, dating back to a 1669 Charles II example forward to an 1889 Victorian example.

They comprise many forms, from 2-pronged fork (for the toasting of bread and cheese together)

to those whose tines loop over forming a wirework small basket.
In 1809, a toasting fork with a telescoping handle was introduced.

Others have buckhorn or even ivory handles.

These, together with exotic wooden handles, are easier to hold as they do not conduct the heat.


Condition : In excellent condition, with only slight bend to tines


21.5" Long / Total Weight 3.5 oz.






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George III Silver Toasting Fork with Ebonized Handle, London, 1784 


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