Fork

English (London)
1689–90
Marked by Peter Harache I (first mark entered 1698, free in 1682)


Object Place: Europe, London, England

Dimensions

Overall: 2.2 x 19.4 x 1.3 cm (7/8 x 7 5/8 x 1/2 in.); Weight 56.7 gm (1 oz 19 dwt)

Accession Number

64.706

Medium or Technique

Silver gilt, steel

Not On View

Collections

Europe

Classifications

Silver

The knife has a tapering cylindrical handle with a bun-shaped terminus. It is engraved with scrolling foliage and acanthus leaf borders. The fork has four tines, a flattened stem, and a trefid terminus. The spoon has an oval bowl, a rat tail, and a flattened stem with a trefid terminus. The handles of the spoon and fork are engraved with scrolling foliage against a striated ground. The handle of the knife is formed of a seamed sheet, engraved, and gilt. The forged steel blade extends through the handle, and fits into a hole in the terminus of the silver. The spoon and fork are both forged from single pieces of silver, engraved and gilt.

Inscription

Engraved on each piece: M over GS; MK

Markings

On back of stem of fork and spoon, maker's mark PH a mullet between, a crescent below and two ermine spots and a crown above in a shaped shield (Jackson, 1921, p. 150; rev. ed. 1989, p. 140); leopard's head crowned; lion passant; date letter M

Provenance

Purchased from Fireston & Parson, Boston, May 13, 1964, Theodora Wilbour Fund in memory of Charlotte Beebe Wilbour.

Credit Line

Theodora Wilbour Fund in memory of Charlotte Beebe Wilbour