Large Whiting "Armor" Sterling Silver Vegetable Serving Fork
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Of a form that is decidedly exceptional, and to a grand scale, this fork measures 9 3/8" long and weighs 2.5 T. oz.
The pattern is "Armor," issued by Whiting Manufacturing Company in 1871. It incorporates acanthus leaf elements, an area of scaling that is perhaps intended to evoke chain mail, and other details that are Gothic Revival in style.
The serving end is what defines this likely vegetable fork, and it is commanding.
Measuring 4 1/8", it has five, 2 1/4" long, tines. It is egg-shaped, deeply cupped, with notched shoulders, and smaller versions of the same cut in the areas between the tines. The entire surface is finished is a matte, deep gold, finish front and back sides.
There is an Old English lettering "M.F.S." monogram set sideways on the handle. The backside is marked with the Whiting lion logo on the bowl, and "Pat. Appl. For," "Sterling," and "2" on the handle, along with the retailer's name, "Henry T. Brown," of Providence, Rhode Island.
The piece is in flawless condition, free of polishing wear, with a bright finish, and having even tines and a bowl area that is without dents, nicks, or burrs.