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Mid 19th Century S. Kirk & Son Chased 11 oz. Silver Place Fork

Mid 19th Century S. Kirk & Son Chased 11 oz. Silver Place Fork
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$60.00

This 6 7/8" long, heavy at approximately 1.6 T. oz., fork is an unusual piece made by Samuel Kirk, stamped "SK & Son 11 oz.," which mark dates 1846-61 according to Dorothy Rainwater in Encyclopedia of American Silver Manufacturers.

The 11 oz. standard (.917) is one of the peculiar-to-Baltimore assay marks that is lower than sterling silver (.925) and higher than coin (.900).

A singular pattern, this has a thick, shaped, handle with a surface chased in a "wild rose blossom and leaf" design and inscribed with a feathered script "LVB" monogram.

The backside is plain save for the marks.

In exceptionally fine condition, this shows little evidence of use. The finish is smooth and the chasing is well-defined. The tines are straight and pointed, showing only a faint bit of tip wear and a scant few shallow knife cuts on the backsides.

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