each overall: 6 7/8 x 7/8 x 7/8 in. ( 17.5 x 2.2 x 2.2 cm )
engraved: on the undersides of the handles: "LBS" in script stamped: on the undersides of the stems: "S" in a winged circle, "STERLING" and "THEODORE B. STARR"
Twelve silver dessert forks with downturned oval handles with an allover floral pattern on the front and short midribs on the undersides; undersides of the handles engraved, "LBS" in script; four curved tines on each; maker's marks stamped on the undersides of the stems.
The initials "LBS" refer to Louise Bancker Stafford (1860-1934) who married William Howard Gilder in 1881.
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