Whiting 'Sterling 'Honeysuckle' Pattern Pickle Fork, NYC, c. 1870's
This is a lovely pickle fork which would also make a wonderful dessert or pie fork. The handle features a honeysuckle plant against a textured background while the tine area has a matte finish and light gilding. The reverse of the handle is engrave with an 'AKD' monogram.
This sweet fork is marked with Whiting's trademark and 'STERLING/ PAT. APPLD FOR./ 1'. It measures just shy of 6.25 inches long, weighs .80 troy ounces and is in excellent antique condition with a miniscule dent to the leftmost tine tip.
Provenance: From the collection of Dale E. Bennett.
Literature: Dale E. Bennett, "A History of American Pickle Servers", Silver Magazine, January/ February, 2007, pp. 34-41.