Heavy, Full Size Durgin "Marechal Niel" Sterling Silver Dinner Fork
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Measuring 7 5/8" long and weighing an exceptional 2.5 T. oz., this dinner fork was made by Durgin and retailed by New York's "Theodore B. Starr," as identified on the backside of the handle.
The pattern, "Marechal Niel, dates from 1896. Independent from its heft, Marechal Niel is appealing because it is an outstanding design. It offers a high relief, multi-dimensional portraiture of the rose which is its namesake. It is double die struck, meaning the design appears on both the front and back sides of the handle.
There is an Art Nouveau style, script "MES" monogram on the front.
It is in outstanding condition. Pattern detail remains clear, sharp, and free of polishing wear. The tines are straight, even, and pointed, but do have some shallow knife cuts, largely on the back.
Marks in addition to the retailer's include Durgin's "D" emblem, and "Sterling."