Wood & Hughes Aesthethic Sterling Silver Pickle Fork
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Not a full flatware line, this singularly designed 6 1/4" long, .9 T. oz., pickle fork made by Wood & Hughes dates circa 1880.
The pattern is clearly rooted in Aesthetic sensibilities, with a marine theme. There are two shell motifs, one in the heel of the central of three tines, and one at the tip of the handle.
Radiating lines fan out from the broad, angular, handle shoulders, and meet a series of ripples that evoke waves, which probably not without coincidence, resemble Tiffany's "Wave Edge" pattern of the same period. These meet a textured area that is suggestive of the surface of shallow water, especially as it might sit over a sloping beach.
The generously scaled tines are textured, with wavy surfaces and margins. Both front and back sides have a matte gold finish.
The handle reverse is plain, save for the Wood & Hughes' "WwH" emblem, and the word "Sterling."
It is in excellent condition, showing no polishing wear, having even tines, and exhibiting a smooth, even finish.