Men's or Women's: Unisex. Handmade during the Georgian era in Schoonhoven, Netherlands by Cornelius Rietveld, as indicated by the hallmark and maker's mark on the fork. 833 sterling silver, a popular purity of silver used by Dutch silversmiths during this time period. The ornate handle of the fork features curling vine designs topped with a large windmill building; a face can be seen looking out the window of the windmill while a figure knocks on the door below.
Originally, this fork would have been used to serve chipped beef and other heavy main course dishes. This serving fork is part of a set with a matching serving spoon, which we also have up for sale this week.
Tarnish on the sterling silver gives this piece an antique quality which we believe is quite lovely. This listing is for the item only. The Georgian era is known for its hand-crafted designs, which were heavily influenced by world exploration. A few signatures of this era were high karat gold, cameos, chatelaine accessories, foil-backed stones, rivière necklaces, memento mori and mourning jewelry, and rose and mine cut diamonds.While the jewelry from this era began to see designs from all over the world, jewelry from abroad was still very expensive to acquire due to sea travel. Between age and difficulty of acquirement, pieces from the Georgian era are amazing and rare historical finds. This item is in the category "Collectibles\Kitchen & Home\Flatware, Knives & Cutlery\Flatware Sets".
The seller is "abeautifultimeco" and is located in this country: US. This item can be shipped worldwide.