Watson "Altair" Sterling Silver Lettuce Serving Fork
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Measuring 8 3/16" long and weighing approximately 1.3 T. oz., this lettuce fork bridges two related forms.
It is more substantial than the diminutively scaled, delicate tine, pieces used for soft lettuce, but it is not as robust as a salad serving fork.
The lengthy handle is the proportion of a lettuce fork, but more substantial. The tines, two of which are splayed and one barbed, are relatively wide and joined to a cupped, pierced heel, but still smaller than regular salad servers.
The pattern as well, "Altair" by Watson, dating from 1904, stands in something of a category of its own. Named for a star, and having Arabic roots meaning "flying eagle," the design does seem to have a celestial quality to it, resembling some sort of cosmic cloud. More broadly, it is Rococo in manner, and very much its own stylistic expression.
This is in flawless estate condition. There is no polishing wear and the finish is bright and even. The tines are without bends, nicks, or burrs.
Marks are the Watson pennant emblem and the word "Sterling."