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Fessenden Female Nude Individual Sterling Silver Pastry Fork

Fessenden Female Nude Individual Sterling Silver Pastry Fork
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Marked "925/sterling/1000," the pattern on this 5 3/4" long, .5 T. oz., pie or pastry fork is an identified but unnamed Fessenden pattern.

Featuring a full figure, faintly garbed, nude, it dates from the same early 20th century period that generated such similarly-themes designs as Reed & Barton's "Love Disarmed" and Alvin's "Raphael."

Strikingly realistic, the bold theme so naturalistically rendered belies its late, or early post, Victorian dating, and the proprieties associated with that age.

Possessed of long flowing tresses, the figure's fully articulated head is framed by a shell motif, while her arms are upraised and holding a string of beads.

The piece has four tines joined to a scalloped edge heel, with both front and back surfaces of this area finished in a pale gold wash.

In outstanding estate condition, this retains clear pattern detail that is free of polishing wear. The tines are straight, even, and pointed, and the finish shows a warm patina.

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