Dessert fork

Object Number: 
1950.161
Date: 
ca. 1844
Medium: 
Silver
Dimensions: 
Overall: 7 1/8 x 7/8 x 5/8 in. ( 18.1 x 2.2 x 1.6 cm )
Marks: 
engraved: on the underside of the handle: "Beals." in script stamped: on the underside of the handle: "B. B. WOOD" in a rectangle, "BOSTON" in a rectangle
Description: 
silver dessert fork with a downturned double-swell fiddle handle with a short splayed midrib on the front and engraved, "Beals." in script on the underside; flared shoulders and four curved tines; maker's marks stamped on the underside of the handle.
Gallery Label: 
This dessert fork belonged to Frances Augusta Beals(1815-1897), born in Boston, MA to William Beals (1785-1870) and Dorothy Whitney Beals (1797-1876). William Beals was the founder of the "Boston Post." Frances Augusta married George Baker (1818-1854) of Boston May 20, 1844 and was given this fork at that time. It descended to the donor's mother at the time of her marriage in 1871.
Credit Line: 
Gift of Mr. Dudley Davis in memory of his mother Marie Antoinette Baker Davis
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.
Creative: Tronvig Group