Of very high quality, the large silver fork with four long tines
below a baluster and knop long shaft,
attached to a baluster-turned
and ring-turned wooden handle (probably ebony or similar exotic
ending in a knop finial
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
either by those who wished to
do their own cooking, or perhaps the medicinal properties of silver
The largest collection is in the
V&A, dating back to a 1669 Charles II example forward to an 1889
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
These, together with exotic wooden
handles, are easier to hold as they do not conduct the heat.
Condition : Excellent, with crisp marks; the handle turning with one
minor nick, visible in image below
16.5" Long / 2.9 Total oz.