Alvin "Edward VII" Large & Heavy Sterling Silver Cold Meat Fork
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A "noble" pattern both in theme and presentation, and not so readily found, Alvin's 1899 "Edward VII is nearly without peer in the realm of silver patterns. The design is singular. The only near match is Whiting's "Heraldic," while a weak equivalent is Baker-Manchester's "Spartan."
All three feature a knight's helmet at the handle end, which is also embellished with scrolling acanthus leaves. Alvin's is the most robust of the three iterations, as is evidenced by the scale of this serving fork. It measures 9 1/8" long and weighs an immense 3.7 T. oz.
The serving end has four tapered tines, embossed shoulders, and a heart-shaped piercing in the base.
It is without a monogram or removal and in immaculate estate condition. Free of polishing wear, the finish has a warm brilliance. The tines remain even, straight, pointed, and are absent burrs or nicks.
Marks are the Alvin emblem, "Sterling," and the name of the retailer, New York's esteemed "Black, Starr & Frost."