A Bow Fork, circa 1758
Of small size, this pistol grip haft is painted in underglaze blue with a cornucopia, scrolls and stylised foliage. Fitted with a steel two-pronged fork and a scalloped silver ferrule.
Provenance: An English Private Collection.
Condition: No damage or restoration. The glaze is rather worn from use, and there are one or two dimples to the silver ferrule. The steel fitting is sharp but would benefit from a clean.
Dimensions: Length 17.5 cm (including tines)
A Review of Bow and Worcester Knife and Fork Hafts, Tony Stevenson (ECC Transactions, vol. 13, no. 3, 1989).
Bow Porcelain: The Collection formed by Geoffrey Freeman, A. Gabszewicz & G. Freeman (Lund Humphries, 1982).
Cutlery: From Gothic to Art Deco – The J. Hollander Collection, Jan van Trigt (Petraco-Pandora NV, 1999).