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Rare Mechanics (Watson) Sterling Silver Floral Cold Meat Fork

Rare Mechanics (Watson) Sterling Silver Floral Cold Meat Fork
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The identity of the Mechanics Silver Company was largely subsumed under that of Watson & Newell (later just Watson), with the former portrayed as the flatware arm of the latter.

As the multi-floral and leaf pattern on this 7 3/8" long, 1.4 T. oz., cold meat fork is not otherwise identified, and specifically not listed as a Watson design, it suggests that Mechanics produced its own (and not readily found) flatware prior to being absorbed by Watson in the late 19th century.

A charming piece in high Victorian style, the design is intricate and varies front and back sides.

The four-tine serving end has a deeply cupped heel with scrolled leaf shoulders and flanged outer tines, one of which has a hooked tip as is characteristic of cold meat forks.

Never monogrammed, it is in very fine estate condition. Pattern detail remains well-defined and clear. The tines are even, pointed, and straight, while the overall finish is bright and even.

It is marked with a large version of the "H in a pennant" emblem that Watson & Newell subsequently adopted, along with "Sterling."

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