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What is this?

Two-tined pointed fork with sloping shoulders. Gilded neck elaborately decorated with leaves, masks and scrollwork. Slightly curved handle of red coral, carved with a grotesque head on the front, above it a torso and head of a man wearing a helmet. Back of handle carved in decorative pattern.

This is a fork from Germany. It is dated ca. 1600–1630 and we acquired it in 1985. The Robert L. Metzenberg Collection, gift of Eleanor L. Metzenberg.

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Its medium is

carved coral, cast and chased gilt silver

Its dimensions are

L x W: 19 x 1.7 cm (7 1/2 x 11/16 in.)

It has the following markings

On shoulder of fork: embellished "N" within oval contour, flattened on top

This object was catalogued by S. Wilmering and donated by Eleanor L. Metzenberg

This object and one other are part of a set whose first object is Fork And Spoon (Germany), 1600–30.

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<ref name=CH>{{cite web |url= |title=Fork (Germany), ca. 1600–1630 |author=Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum |accessdate=5 August 2015 |publisher=Smithsonian Institution}}</ref>

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