Unusual Shiebler Aesthetic Sterling Silver Olive Fork
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George Shiebler is known as an imaginative and innovative designer who produced both sterling silver flat and holloware as well as jewelry.
This 6 3/4" long, just over .4 T. oz., olive or pickle fork stamped with his "winged S" mark along with the word "Sterling" is demonstrative of his unusual style. Overall it is Aesthetic in manner and likely dates from the 1880s.
It has a slender, tubular shank with a design on the end that looks like fish scales at first impressive, but further consideration suggests a palm tree trunk. The very tip has a fan shape, which again in the duality of this portraiture, could be a fish tail or palm leaves. The serving end incorporates three small, straight tines that are finished in a gold wash.
It is in mint condition. The shank is straight, the finish is lustrous, and there is no evidence whatsoever of wear.