Samuel Kirk & Son Antique Coin Silver Serving Fork, Baltimore, MD, 1846-61
This wonderful serving fork is an early and rare example of early Kirk flatware. Forks like this are thought to have been made for serving asparagus. Made from a single piece of silver, the long handle is beautifully hand-chased with a foliate spray in the middle. An engraved crest of a lion rampant is bordered by chased leaves which are also chased on the reverse of the handle. The bottom area of the server is a wonderful engraved criss-cross design. The area above the long tines are finely engraved with foliate decoration.
This lovely serving piece is stamped on the reverse 'S. KIRK & SON/ 10.15'. It measures 11.25 inches long, weighs 3.30 troy ounces and is in excellent antique condition.