Gorham "H469" & "H476" Sterling Child's Fork & Spoon
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Charm personified, this fork and spoon pair were limited production pieces made by Gorham c. 1900. They are part of a broad selection of specially designed items identified by a number preceded by an "H."
Offerings in this line were made to a higher standard of finish and refinement than general production items, and that is the case in this instance.
The handles are a tipt backside "Old English" design while the fronts are acid etched with a "Humpty Dumpty" figure on the spoon and "Simple Simon" on the fork. The design work on these is very precise and imaginative. Details includes notes coming out of Simple Simon's mouth indicating he is whistling, and a thistle plant beside him, and an enticing, but obviously naïve as he is about to fall, smile on Humpty Dumpty's face.
The finish on both piece is brilliant, again indicative of the standard to which these were made. The imagery shows no wear, with neither the spoon bowl nor fork tines having any nicks or burrs. In short, these are in perfect estate condition.
Both pieces are stamped with Gorham's "lion, anchor, G" emblem and "Sterling," while the fork is marked "H469" and the spoon "H476."