Gorham "Henry II" Sterling Silver Vegetable Srvg. Fork
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A turn of the 20th century design, Gorham's "Henry II" employs imagery evocative of English heraldry. The central element is an imperial looking lion's face surrounded by acanthus leaf detailing. Other elements include wings, a fish scale pattern suggestive of medieval armor on the stem of handle, and fruit or floral elements.
This example is a substantially sized vegetable or salad serving fork. It measures 8 3/4" long, has a three tine working end that is 3 1/2" by 2 1/2", and weighs a hefty 4.5 T. oz. The tine area is deeply cupped, has decorative piercings in the heel and embellished shoulders. This last detail is an indicator that it is an older example as Gorham moved toward plain shoulders on such pieces early in the 20th century.The condition is mint and there is no monogram or removal. The piece is absent polishing wear, showing crisp pattern detail, and the finish is lustrous. Marks are lion, anchor, G, "Sterling," "Patent 1900," and the name of the retailer, Boston's "Shreve, Crump & Low Co."