M. FORD CREECH ANTIQUES & FINE ARTS
VERY SCARCE GEORGE III HANOVERIAN SILVER TWO-TINE SERVING FORK
John Lambe, London, 1787
Of heavy gauge silver in the Hanoverian pattern, a rather rare two-tine serving form,
the wide-spread tines with v-shape at their base,
the terminal upturned in the usual Hanoverian manner
Marks : I.L in a distinct oval, Grimwade #1473 registered 1782.
The edge of the oval is blurred over the right side of the initial L,
giving the illusion of a possible I.D, rather than I.L.
However there is no corresponding
mark of I.D in a distinct oval at that period of time.
John Lambe apprenticed to Ebenezer Coker 5 February 1755, and was free 3 November 1762.
Lambe's marks show him registered as a spoonmaker, plateworker,
and from 1783 to 1796 as both spoonmaker and watchmaker.
John Lambe is noted for his high quality items.
Condition : Excellent overall, with probable monogram removal to terminal
8" Long / Width at end of tines, 1-7/8" / 2.1 oz.
Also See :
Rare William & Mary Silver Trefid Sweetmeat Fork
'TN Crowned', England, c1690
Silver Flatware, English, Irish and Scottish, 1660-1980', (Ian Pickford), p.77 :
'These are very rare,
the fork only just coming into general use in England at the end of the 17th century..."
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Very Scarce George III Hanoverian Silver Two-Prong Serving Fork, John Lambe, London, 1787
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