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Mid 19th Century Coin Silver Youth Fork, "Kitty to Carrie"

Mid 19th Century Coin Silver Youth Fork, "Kitty to Carrie"
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This coin silver youth fork measures 6" long and weighs over .8 T. oz.

Its mid 19th century pattern is a variant of "Tuscan," attributed to New York's Michael Gibney, or a similar design called "Cottage" produced by Joseph Seymour, John Polhamus, William Gale, and possibly other makers.

This example is only identified by the retailer's name, "J.W. Helmer," location unknown, stamped on the backside.

It has a particularly charming script engraving set sideways on the handle. This reads, "Kitty to Carrie," suggesting it originally was a gift offered in affection, perhaps a sister to sister, or friend to friend.

It is in particularly fine condition, showing no polishing wear, having straight, even, tines, and having a warm finish.

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