UP FOR AUCTION: One silver plated long handled olive/ pickle fork in the dramatic, Art Nouveau multi motif pattern FLORAL , patented in 1902 by the Robert Wallace & Sons under its 1835 R. WALLACE. back stamp.* This long server measures a whopping 8 1/4" long. The marks on the back of the handle: "1835 R. WALLACE;" "A1;" "PAT. 1902."
In his book on sterling silver flatware, in the segment about "pickle-olive forks," Osterberg first comments on the alleged differences between pickle and olive forks and then comments, "T really is no difference between a pickle and an olive fork. Manufacturers simply labeled some as one and some as the other." (Osterberg, Richard, " Sterling Silver Flatware for Dining Elegance ," c. 1994, p. 121.) Osterberg shows a photographic example of an olive / pickle fork in the Whiting flatware pattern IMPERIAL QUEEN (patented in 1893), which happens to be shaped and sized very much like the one being auctioned ; Osterberg notes that the "small barbs on each of the two tines ... assist in holding the olive or pickle slice." ( Id. )
This is a remarkably heavy, well made olive / pickle fork.
COLLECTIBILITY: "Extremely Collectible" (Hagan, T., " Silverplated Flatware ," rev'd 4th ed., c. 1995, p. 322); "Group 1" (Bones, F.... read more