The blade features a restrained and well executed bit of engraving (please see third enlargement) with brite-cut foliage and shaded flowers.
The obverse features a refined bit of engraving, done by a skilled and steady hand.
As collectors will know, if any of them remain above ground, knives in this elegant old Durgin pattern are scarce.
For those of you who favor comparison shopping, a lighter and slightly beaten up version of this same piece may be "bought now" on the big bad auction site for a mere 591 moneys (see item 322373972047).
Compare our price with the folks who Replace your stuff @70.00
This piece is not commonly found.
If pressed as to why you, dear reader, should buy these Iris fish forks as opposed to some others listed elsewhere on the interwebz, I'd have to say that ours are probably in better condition. If pressed even harder, I'd confess that these are also attractively priced.
For those of you who favor comparison shopping, see item 150531578507 on the Great Bay of eeeeehs.
May I offer our apologies, dear reader, for having previously catalogued these as "Acorn"? Old age is taking its toll, here.
Compare other examples such as items 361767311810 (1875.00) and 131490471803 (2550.00) on the Big Bad auction page...
As our friend Don Soeffing has recounted in "The Battle of the Birds" (Silver Magazine, November/December 1995), production of this pattern was short lived, because W & H lost this particular battle against Tiffany for infringement of their design pattern...
Though not a "first demand" pattern, the Antique Ivies were made by several manufacturers, and involved extensive skill and hand work to produce. Expensive when first sold, they are members of a dying breed, as most flatware of this quality has now been consigned to the melting pot...
With the added cachet (we were going to say "snob appeal", but then remembered that our faithful readers, all two of them who remain, aren't snooty) of a Cartier retailer's mark.
One of Frank Smith's better designs, and one of Yours Truly's favorite patterns...
One of these days, a more scholarly colleague will reveal the true name of this pattern...