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Dessert fork

Object Number: 
1939.136
Date: 
1839 - 1851
Medium: 
Silver
Dimensions: 
Overall: 5 7/8 x 7/8 x 3/4 in. ( 14.9 x 2.2 x 1.9 cm )
Marks: 
engraved: on the underside of the handle: "C. Ketchum" in script stamped: on the underside of the handle: "BALL, TOMKINS & BLACK" incuse and "PATENT 1845" in a rectangle
Description: 
silver dessert fork with an upturned threaded handle with foliate decoration; engraved on the underside of the handle, "C. Ketchum" in script; four curved tines and a foliate drop; makers' marks stamped on the underside of the handle.
Gallery Label: 
This fork belonged to Catherine Ketchum who married Israel Corse in 1846.
Credit Line: 
Gift of Lena Cadwalader Evans
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.
Creative: Tronvig Group