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George Sharp "Cube" Large Sterling Silver Serving Fork

George Sharp "Cube" Large Sterling Silver Serving Fork
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The 1860s saw a proliferation of three dimensional designs that included a ball, sphere, knob, and perhaps scarcest of all, cube form end as found on this very large, 11 1/4" long, 3.5 T. oz., (likely vegetable) serving fork.

Made by Philadelphia's George Sharp, who is most associated with this style, and particularly so his "Ball End," it is stamped "Patent 1863," "G.S.," and "Sterling," on one of the facets of the six-sided handle.

The cube is substantial, measuring 3/4" square, and sits atop the handle and has a beaded edge finial above it.

One of the four bright cut facets is engraved "CAS" in feathered script, while an adjoining one reads "From MGC."

The shank has a beaded grommet fitting on the top and bottom, both of which essentially match the finial above the cube.

The serving end is a work unto itself. It has three, relative wide, tines that are joined to a deeply cupped heel that has scalloped margins and a pierced interior. The entire surface front and back is finished in an original bronze colored gold wash that is finely engraved on the upper side.

The piece is direct from a home and in mint estate condition. There is no evidence of wear whatsoever. The engraving remains crisp and well-defined. There are no bends, cracks, or nicks on either the handle or the bowl. The gold remains intact.

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