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Excellent Pair of Kings Husk Pattern Dessert Forks by Benjamin Gurnee

Excellent Pair of Kings Husk Pattern Dessert Forks by Benjamin Gurnee
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Offered is a lovely and well-made pair of American coin silver dessert or table forks in the King's Husk pattern by New York City silversmith Benjamin Gurnee, whose biographical information follows the description of these pieces. These forks are exceptionally heavy, measuring about 6 7/8 inches in length and weighing a total of 106 grams, or more than three troy ounces, for the pair. Each is engraved with a period script name of Flint for the original owner, and each bears Gurnee's mark and manufacturer's marks. Condition is excellent, with only modest wear to the pattern and little or no tine wear. There are no dents, splits or repairs. All in all a lovely pair of King's Husk pattern coin silver forks!

Benjamin Gurnee (1799 - 1864) was a New York City silversmith and spoon and fork manufacturer; he worked on his own in New York from about 1819 to 1830, in partnerships from 1830-37, and then with his brother as Gurnee & Co. from about 1837-60. It is in this latter period that he is most likely to have had the capability to manufacture these forks, as he was listed in a period trade document for 1837 as a silver spoon and fork manufacturer at 21 Thomas Street. Gurnee was moderately successful though his work is not seen as often as one one think for a man listed as running a manufactory. The quality of his work speaks for itself in this pair of forks!

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