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Graf & Niemann "Louis XV" Sterling Earl Patent Fork for Young Children

Graf & Niemann "Louis XV" Sterling Earl Patent Fork for Young Children
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$48.00

Devised in 1900 by the Graf Niemann Company of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, the "Earl Patent Fork" was an adaptation of a standard youth implement.

This example is based on a 5 7/16" long, just over .6 T. oz., fork in Whiting's "Louis XV" pattern. It is fitted with a finger slot (with trim matching the pattern) on the back, intended to direct the way the child would hold the piece.

Clearly novel, and perhaps widely embraced, as a Google search turns up contemporaneous advertisements appearing in The Saturday Evening Post and Youth's Companion, the notion remains fetching, if quaint in concept.

This is engraved "Margaret" in script set sideways on the handle.

It is in excellent condition, with no polishing wear and retaining straight, even, and pointed tines. The finish is bright.

Marks are the Whiting "lion" logo, "Sterling," and "Pat. 1891" on the handle reverse, and "Pat. 1900" on the heel of the tine area.

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