Original Alvin "Old Orange Blossom" Sterling Chipped Beef Fork
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A 5 7/8" long, 1.0 T. oz. item, this is an early production example of Alvin's Art Nouveau pattern informally known as "OOB," short for "Old Orange Blossom."
Early pieces distinguish themselves from later ones (and fakes) by their exceptionally fine detail and finish. The handle is up-tipped, which is another feature associated with older examples; subsequent issues had flat handle ends.
A mint condition estate item, this small chipped beef fork possesses every quality for which this pattern is esteemed. The portraiture clearly shows every aspect of the orange blossoms, right to the stamens in the centers, and delicate lines on the petals.
The serving end has four splayed tines and a cut out in the scalloped edge heel. This suggests the outline of a basket of flowers.
There is no monogram or removal of same, and the overall finish is bright and even.
Marks on the reverse are very fine and include the Alvin emblem, and the words "Patent" and "Sterling."