Sterling Colonial Hammered Serving Fork by Marshall Field (Item #MW-mfcofork)
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This is a large wonderful Arts & Crafts hammered Sterling serving fork by Marshall Field and Co of Chicago, IL, circa 1910, in their well known Colonial pattern. The fork measures 8" long, and the end is 1 1/2" wide and 2 3/4" long (til it meets the narrow portion of the handle). The piece is thick and heavy, and the "front" is completely hand hammered. There is a neat stylized monogram (3 superimposed initials that looks like PFP?) plus etching parallel to the border along the handle. The fork is in very good condition with light surface scratches and use marks on the reverse. The reverse is marked with a stylized [ MF & Co STERLING COLONIAL ] 1084. As I am not a metalware expert, please ask me any questions prior to bidding.
According to Sharon Darling's book, "Chicago Metalsmiths", the Marshall Field and Company Craft Shop began making handmade jewelry and silverware in the Arts & Crafts tradition in 1904. By 1922, most of the merchandise was made of brass. On page 78 (plate 98), there is a photograph of other Sterling objects in the Colonial pattern.