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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. 1600–30 and we acquired it in 1985. The Robert L. Metzenberg Collection, gift of Eleanor L. Metzenberg. This object is currently resting in our storage facility ZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZ

Its medium is

coral, 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, ca. 1600–30.

This object has been included in the following exhibitions:

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