9 Matching Frank Smith "Federal Cotillion" Sterling Cocktail Forks
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Issued in 1901 at the beginning of the Edwardian Period in English history, Frank Smith's "Federal Cotillion" is also known as "Edward VII." It is a relatively high style "Kings" pattern that with only minor differences is identical to Whiting's "King Edward," also introduced in 1901, suggesting that American silver manufacturers were pivoting off the end of the Victorian era in their design offerings.
This group is a matched set of eight oyster or seafood cocktail forks. Each one measures 5 9/16" long, while the set weighs 5.1 T. oz.
They all have gold washed, slender tines, are without monograms or removals, and are in mint estate condition. There is no wear and the finishes are bright. The tines remain straight and even, and show no loss of the gold on their surfaces.
Marks are Frank Smith's "lion and S" emblem, "Sterling," "PAT. 1901," and the name of the retailer, "Hansel, Sloan & Co.," Hartford, Connecticut.