Salad servers (spoon and fork)
Part (spoon): 10 1/4 x 2 5/8 x 1 5/8 in. (26 x 6.7 x 4.1 cm) Part (fork): 10 x 2 1/2 x 1 1/2 in. (25.4 x 6.4 x 3.8 cm)
engraved: on the underside of the spoon: "Minnie" in gothic script stamped: on the underside of the bowl: "5 A/ STERLING"
Oxidized silver salad servers consist of fork and spoon; both fork and spoon have cast anthropomorphic handles rendered as ivy wrapped branches with bird talon stems and curved open-work ends with mounted bird figures; shallow, matte-finished bowls; fork bowl has pierced foliate pattern and five arrow-shaped tines; pointed oval spoon bowl has engraved foliate design at center; both have bat-wing rims applied to upper edges of bowls; each bowl reverse also engraved "Minnie" in gothic-style characters; maker's hallmarks stamped at undersides of the bowls.
These salad servers were given to the donor's mother, Mary (Minnie) Merritt on the occassion of her marriage to Robert Jones Henderson, May 12, 1875 in Philadelphia, PA.
Gift of Mrs. Irving McKesson
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