Heavy Wendt "Diana" Sterling Silver Dinner Fork
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A full size dinner fork at 7 1/2" long, this is exceptionally heavy at nearly 2.2 T. oz.
It is marked "Sterling," "Patent," and "Starr & Marcus" for the New York City retailer.
Made by John Wendt, it does not carry an official pattern name, but has come to be known as "Diana," in reference to Diana Cramer, silver scholar, former editor of "Silver Magazine," and Wendt authority.
An 1860s design, it is quite similar to John Polhamus' "Armor" of the same period. Both of them bespeak the era in their style.
There is an "M.W.D." Old English monogram set sideways on the handle.
It is in superb condition, free of polishing wear and with a lustrous patina. The tines remain straight, even, pointed, and free of tip wear.