Whiting "Dresden" Sterling Silver Sardine Fork
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Measuring 5 1/2" long and weighing just over .8 T. oz., this sardine fork is stamped with the Whiting Manufacturing Company "lion" emblem, "Sterling," an Old English "O," and "Pat. 1896."
The pattern is Whiting's late 19th century "Dresden," which is a charming and intricate floral design that features what appear to be forget-me-not blossoms and leaves trailing up the handle. A shell surmounts the handle tip and there is acanthus leaf detailing in other areas. The pattern repeats with slight variation on both sides of the handle.
It has five tines, the outer two of which are splayed. These are finished in a pale gold wash front and back sides, and joined to a heel area with a raised pattern.
It is in excellent condition, free of polishing wear and having a bright finish. The tines are straight, even, and pointed. There is some wear to the gold.