Mt. Vernon "Yetiv" Sterling Silver Sardine Fork
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Mount Vernon was a company that emerged from the merger of several other firms, including Mauser and Roger Williams Silver. Some patterns were native to the new company, and some came over from the predecessor operations, with the eventual list of offerings quite substantial.
"Yetiv," the pattern on this 5 5/8" long, .9 T. oz., sardine fork, well represents the capacities of the firm. It is an Art Nouveau design patented in 1902 and so indicated on the reverse. Other marks include a company symbol and the word "Sterling."The design incorporates an abundant array of high relief chrysanthemum blossoms, leaves, and stems. The backside offers a simpler portraiture and is the place where there would be a monogram, of which there is none on this. The five tine serving end has scalloped shoulders and a pierced heel. The condition is mint. There is no polishing wear or damage and the finish is finely patinated.