Unusual 19th c Silver Double End Olive Spoon and Fork
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A singular and innovative design likely dating c. 1870, this combined olive spoon and fork is enigmatic in that it is without any markings whatsoever.
Clearly American and exceptionally well-constructed, and probably sterling rather than coin silver, it has a hexagonal shank of a form that is most generally associated with George Sharp. This is a suggestive detail, but not conclusive.
The piece measures 9 1/8" long overall and weighs 1.2 T. oz. The 2 1/2" by 1 1/4" bowl is deeply cupped, has shaped edges, and a pierced heel. The spear end is elongated, has a trident tip and an open body. Both the bowl and the spear retain very slight traces of an original gold wash that can be seen only upon close examination. There is a rectangular shield set midway on the handle. This is neither engraved nor has had a removal of same.
The condition is immaculate. The form is flawless, free of bends, burrs, or nicks, and the hand polished finish is brilliant.