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rfisher

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iconnumber posted 02-04-2005 04:42 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for rfisher     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I am hoping that someone will be able to tell me what the name of this piece is. I can not seem to find it in any of the Tiffany books that I have. I think the pattern is San Lorenzo. The fork is 6 7/8".

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tuxedocat

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iconnumber posted 02-06-2005 10:03 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for tuxedocat     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I think it may be a bird fork used for holding birds, such as game hens, while they are cut. The only other three tine forks I know of are cake forks and the sort of serrated edge on your tines seems to rule those out, or caviar forks and your tines are much too far apart for one of those. This is a best guess...hope it helps.

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William Hood

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iconnumber posted 02-07-2005 06:03 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for William Hood     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
When I was doing research for the book, Tiffany Silver Flatware, 1845-1905: When Dining Was an Art, I stopped at 1905. Since the San Lorenzo pattern was not introduced until 1916, I can only make an educated guess as to what it might be. It most closely resembles a pastry fork in earlier patterns (see Fig. 98, p. 84, in Tiffany Silver Flatware). It definitely is not a bird or game fork, which has a completely different form (see Fig. 91, p. 81). It is also definitely not a caviar fork, because it lacks a wide left tine (see Fig. 108, p. 89).

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