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Scarce NWSW Mfg. Co. Chicago Engraved Sterling Silver Pickle Fork

Scarce NWSW Mfg. Co. Chicago Engraved Sterling Silver Pickle Fork
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A short-lived company, the "Northwestern Silver Ware Manufacturing Company" was "founded [in Chicago] shortly after the Civil War" and never rebuilt after the Great Fire of 1871, according to Dorothy Rainwater's Encyclopedia of American Silver Manufacturers.

Rainwater identifies the company as "manufacturers of silverplated wares," but as this 6 1/2" long, .8 T. oz., pickle fork marked "900/1000" for coin confirms, the company also offered solid silver items as well.

A particularly charming example of this favored mid 19th form, it has a twisted stem with an elongated, shaped handle end that is finely engraved in a period design.

There are three tines, the lower one of which is hooked and wider than the other two. The heel has a reticulated diamond pattern area, while the entire surface is engraved in a design consistent with that on the handle.

The backside of the piece is plain, save for the marks, which include the above-referenced "900/1000" and "NWSW Mfg. Co."

In very fine condition and never monogrammed, this shows little evidence of use and has a bright finish. The engraving remains crisp and the tines are straight and pointed.

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