Fork And Spoon (Germany), 1600–30
Eating utensils were personal traveling accessories until the late 17th century. Luxurious materials reflected the owner’s taste and wealth. The natural red of the carved coral makes a colorful counterpoint to the gilded silver, while the gold also had a practical use: preventing tarnishing from acidic foods.
Its dimensions are
H x W x D (Fork): 19 x 1.7 cm (7 1/2 x 11/16 in.) H x W x D (Spoon): 19.5 x 4.9 cm (7 11/16 x 1 15/16 in.)
It has the following markings
On shoulder of fork: embellished "N" within oval contour, flattened on top
This object was previously on display as a part of the exhibition Making Design.