Somewhat rare, the silver-gilt three-tine fork with a very nice
French-forked terminal, the front
back with engraved foliate decoration surrounding un-monogrammed ovals to
unmarked as was often the case in early sweetmeat cutlery
Condition: Excellent, with crisp
engraving to each side; good tines and good color to gilding
forks and knives were made in the late 17th century,
travelling cutlery that would have fit in a small case.
Forks had existed since biblical times. However, they were quite slow to
catch on in England.
The earlier British
clergy contended that God gave people fingers for eating,
and declared forks
to be diabolical (forks
referred to as "pitchforks", having the same Latin root furca).
17thcentury sweetmeat and sucket forks were an
being for staining and sticky foods that could not be picked up
with the fingers.
The three tines
representing the thumb and two first fingers,
then proper for
transporting solid foods to the mouth.
4-1/8” Long / .2 oz.