A Bow Fork, circa 1755

The pistol grip haft is moulded with a design of rococo C-scrolls, painted in underglaze blue with panels of floral sprigs surrounded by hatched scrolls. The fork has two tines on a steel baluster stem.

Provenance: An English Private Collection.

Condition: There is a little rubbing to the glaze on a few of the moulded high points. A large white metal repair serves as the ferrule. The steel is good and sharp.

Dimensions: Length 21.5 cm (including tines)

Bow Porcelain: The Collection formed by Geoffrey Freeman, A. Gabszewicz & G. Freeman (Lund Humphries, 1982).

A Review of Bow and Worcester Knife and Fork Hafts, Tony Stevenson (ECC Transactions, vol. 13, no. 3, 1989).

Cutlery: From Gothic to Art Deco – The J. Hollander Collection, Jan van Trigt (Petraco-Pandora NV, 1999).

Ref. The V&A Museum, London, has a similar Bow fork (C.756-1924).