SMP Logo
SM Publications
Silver Salon Forums - The premier site for discussing Silver.
SMP | Silver Salon Forums | SSF - Guidelines | SSF - FAQ | Silver Sales

The Silver Salon Forums
Since 1993
Over 11,793 threads & 64,769 posts !!
American Sterling Silver Forum
How to Post Photos REGISTER (click here)

customtitle open  SMP Silver Salon Forums
tlineopen  American Sterling Silver
tline3open  Towle Pickle fork??

Post New Topic  Post A Reply
profile | register | preferences | faq | search

ForumFriend SSFFriend: Email This Page to Someone! next newest topic | next oldest topic
Author Topic:   Towle Pickle fork??
outwest

Posts: 390
Registered: Nov 2005

iconnumber posted 04-19-2006 09:04 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for outwest     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
[01-2421]


I picked this up today at a place that was getting rid of all it's old silver. It was quite reasonably priced with the mark down and I just liked the cute shape. Even though the makers mark is rubbed it is clearly Towle to me, so I don't think it is all that old. I think it is a pickle fork? It has gold-toned tines. I say gold toned because it doesn't look quite right for gold wash, but it's pretty nonetheless. What would the gold color be? Is it a brass wash? I didn't know they did that. Would anyone happen to know it's probable age or pattern? The tines look like a corn cob in a husk and there appears to be a wheat sheaf for the design on the end of the fork.

They also had two tiny teapots (like the size of one cup of tea)that they said were very old solid silver with a matching creamer and sugar that were almost as big as the teapots. The guy said his father had picked them up at an estate sale a while ago. The only mark on those was a capital T in a square lozenge shape and a punched 5 pointed star. If they didn't want so much $$ for them I might have splurged a bit and taken a chance, but it was too iffy since I am a beginner. Any ideas at all on those?

I know, no picture.....
Well,
What would you look for in a very old little tea pot? They were about 6 inches tall and pear shaped with a little bit of floral decoration repousse around the bulbous bottoms with three feet with flattened paws. Other then the feet which looked late 18th century, the style of the body looked early/mid 1800's, American, but they were so cute and small!

ugh. I need to know how to tell very old from sort of old from new reproductions.

IP: Logged

IJP

Posts: 326
Registered: Oct 2004

iconnumber posted 04-19-2006 09:16 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for IJP     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
My immediate thought on the serving piece you show, based solely on its form (you didn't indicate the length), is a lettuce fork. The shape of the functional end and the configuration of its tines are typical of such a piece. As for the color—I don't know, I guess I'd have to see it in my hands to say for sure.

IP: Logged

jersey

Posts: 1203
Registered: Feb 2005

iconnumber posted 04-19-2006 09:36 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for jersey     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Hi!
Nice piece. I agree lettuce fork, I have a couple!
Jersey

IP: Logged

hello

Posts: 200
Registered: Jun 2005

iconnumber posted 04-19-2006 09:36 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for hello     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
quote:
ugh. I need to know how to tell very old from sort of old from new reproductions.

This comes down to more of a question of quality, collectibility, etc.(there was a previous post about this somewhere...) I don't care if something was made yesterday, if it is of obvious quality, I will be interested. Reproductions are usually easy to spot,(not always) but this comes with experience(of which I have little smile

IP: Logged

rian

Posts: 169
Registered: Jan 2006

iconnumber posted 04-19-2006 09:52 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for rian     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
The pattern is Towle's Cordova 1902. Real goldwash, I think.

IP: Logged

outwest

Posts: 390
Registered: Nov 2005

iconnumber posted 04-19-2006 10:01 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for outwest     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
smile
Thanks.
It's 8 inches long to the middle tine.
A lettuce fork, you say?
Now, that's something I don't have. I thought for sure it was a pickle fork or a cucumber fork?

I typed lettuce fork into google and sure enough it's a lettuce fork! And the example I saw had a gold wash that was mostly gone. This one has all of it's wash.

My DH says it looks like a gold wash to him, although in a satin finish instead of a shiny finish. I didn't think of that. Maybe that's why it didn't look quite right, the tines are satiny. It is a pretty contrast with the shiny handle and the satiny tines.

Cordova patented in 1902. Maybe it is a little older then I thought. wink
I think I did pretty good this time and it has a nice balance to it.

I may go and check those teapots again, veeery, veeery carefully. I think maybe those large items I best wait until I know more. I can see quality, though, and they are heavy and appear well made for their small size.

I agree that quality is more important then age. Towle maybe isn't known for having the quality of others, but this fork is nice, I think.

[This message has been edited by outwest (edited 04-19-2006).]

IP: Logged

jersey

Posts: 1203
Registered: Feb 2005

iconnumber posted 04-19-2006 10:29 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for jersey     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Hi outwest!

It is definitely Towle's 1902 Cordova pattern with a gold wash. If you check the various replacement silver websites or that unnamed auction site or do an internet search for that maker and pattern you will find what you are looking for.

If I am not mistaken a cucumber server is entirely different, (flat like a pancake)....so now you have another piece to look for.

Enjoy, and use it for whatever you can pierce.......rolls, potatoes........Balloons etc! (Forgive me, after income tax day I'm a little delirious).

Jersey

IP: Logged

outwest

Posts: 390
Registered: Nov 2005

iconnumber posted 04-19-2006 11:42 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for outwest     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I think it looks rather like Neptune's sword. I figure I will do just what you say and stab everything with it.

I am so glad that I can chatter on here about a silly lettuce fork. Buying items because they're pretty and are no longer used in our society IS an odd hobby.

I think it looks like it will work quite well for a hot dog. biggrin

IP: Logged

All times are ET

next newest topic | next oldest topic

Administrative Options: Close Topic | Archive/Move | Delete Topic
Post New Topic  Post A Reply
Hop to:


Ultimate Bulletin Board 5.46a


1. Public Silver Forums (open Free membership) - anyone with a valid e-mail address may register. Once you have received your Silver Salon Forum password, and then if you abide by the Silver Salon Forum Guidelines, you may start a thread or post a reply in the New Members' Forum. New Members who show a continued willingness to participate, to completely read and abide by the Guidelines will be allowed to post to the Member Public Forums.
Click here to Register for a Free password

2. Private Silver Salon Forums (invitational or $ donation membership) - The Private Silver Salon Forums require registration and special authorization to view, search, start a thread or to post a reply. Special authorization can be obtained in one of several ways: by Invitation; Annual $ Donation; or via Special Limited Membership. For more details click here (under development).

3. Administrative/Special Private Forums (special membership required) - These forums are reserved for special subjects or administrative discussion. These forums are not open to the public and require special authorization to view or post.


| Home | Order | The Guide to Evaluating Gold & Silver Objects | The Book of Silver
| Update BOS Registration | Silver Library | For Sale | Our Wants List | Silver Dealers | Speakers Bureau |
| Silversmiths | How to set a table | Shows | SMP | Silver News |
copyright © 1993 - 2020 SM Publications
All Rights Reserved.
Legal & Privacy Notices