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Table forks (9)

Object Number: 
1950.212i-q
Date: 
ca. 1800
Medium: 
Silver, steel
Dimensions: 
each overall: 8 5/8 x 3/4 x 1/2 in. ( 21.9 x 1.9 x 1.3 cm )
Marks: 
stamped: on all the handles: "lion passant in rectangles, unidentifiable mark crowned in an oval, "FM/ RT" in a rectangle.
Description: 
Nine silver and steel table forks with ovoid, pointed handles decorated with floral motifs and bands of chevrons; circular handle sockets; baluster stems and three curved tines on each; maker's marks stamped on the handles. flat, sabre or scimitar shaped steel blades; pitch filled or 'loaded' handles made of two halves stamped from sheet metal soldered together.
Gallery Label: 
These table forks were presented to Commodore Bainbridge (1774-1833), the great-grandfather of the donor, by General Lafayete, who visited Bainbridge in Philadelphia in 1824.
Credit Line: 
Gift of Mrs. Shelton E. Martin
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.
Creative: Tronvig Group