First, it falls within the Art Nouveau style popular during the period. This is expressed in the overall undulating form, and in the sinuous character of the detailing, for example the organic nature of the handle and the stem and leaf elements that are applied to the body...
It was made by Gorham whose "lion, anchor, G" emblem appears on the underside, along with the word "Sterling" and the model number "5225."
It has plain walls with a 1" tall, embossed leafy design along the lower edge. This is slightly bulbous and and indented creating a rimmed like base...
It is 4" long, relatively heavy at .7 T. oz., and has a 1 5/8" wide blade with a scalloped edge and top.
The handle has a tipt backside, while the front is etched in an oak leaf and acorn motif with a bird alighting on one of the branches. This is extensively detailed, with a subtly textured surface that appears to have hand chased finishing...
Price for each piece individually.
Offerings in this line were made to a higher standard of finish and refinement than general production items, and that is the case in this instance...
Priced as a pair.
The engraving is Aesthetic in manner, which is consistent with the 1884 date of this design. The backsides are plain, save for elegant, feathered script "ARF" monograms.
The 7" long knife is solid silver while the four-tine fork measures 6 1/8". The two together weigh 1.8 T...
The pattern is rococo in style and incorporates scrolls and florettes along its asymmetrical border. This frames a white enamel ground that itself contains a pair of purple lilies with trailing green leaves. The canted blade has a flat end and scalloped edges...
This example is a 4 3/8" long, just over .5 T. oz., four tine, baby fork.
It is without a monogram or inscription and in mint estate condition, absent wear or damage.
Marks are "Wallace," a deer head emblem, and "Sterling."
It is plain save for the end which has a hand cut, open work design. The entire surface of the piece has a smooth, highly tactile, satin-like finish that is pleasing to the hand.
It is engraved "Richard" in script on the handle.
The condition is mint...