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Brent

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iconnumber posted 06-28-2005 11:10 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Brent     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote


Hello all,

I recently obtained this set of five well used and heavy old forks. They measure about 6 3/4" in length. The design elements are a simple beaded edge with a conforming inner groove, a depression down the middle of the handle, and a large raised drop. They have no marks, and never had them. I was wondering if the style rang a bell with anyone. I would date them to the late 18th or early 19th C, probably continental, but I would love to narrow it down a bit more.

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blakstone

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iconnumber posted 06-29-2005 03:49 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for blakstone     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Well, this beaded edge style was popular in very early 19th century Holland, and I must say that that's my first impression. Certainly the raised drop and general form say Dutch to me. But if so, that they wouldn't be marked is odd. Also, the inner thread and depressed groove are unusual, and the detail isn't as crisp as the "pearl edge" Dutch pieces I've seen. Dutch provincial, perhaps?

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iconnumber posted 07-05-2005 11:12 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Brent     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Hi Blakstone,

Thanks for the insight; I appreciate it!

Brent

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