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Hotchkiss & Schreuder "Medallion" Sterling Pastry or Pickle Fork

Hotchkiss & Schreuder "Medallion" Sterling Pastry or Pickle Fork
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In his benchmark work, Silver Medallion Flatware, 1988, D. Albert Soeffing offers an extensive essay detailing his research into the maker of this 6 1/8" long, .9 T. oz., fork, and its "Medallion" image, previously without firm attribution.

His inquiry conclusively identified the "H&S" mark on this as that of Hotchkiss & Scheuder, Syracuse, New York, and the male figure with flowing hair as a young Dionysus.

The pattern was made in both coin and sterling silver, with this stamped "Sterling."

It has three tines, with the outer two slighted bowed, and the lower one having a hooked tip, and wider than the others.

It is likely an early pastry fork, although in its 1860s period, pastry and pickle forks were very close in form.

This has a particularly fine tine area, with high, double lobed shoulders and a surface area that is extensively engraved in bright cut and wriggle design.

The open area on the backside of the handle has a feathered script "SL" monogram.

In mint estate condition, the figure remains fully articulated, free of any polishing wear. The tines are straight, even, and pointed, while the engraving remains crisp. The finish is bright and even.

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