A rare Bow Fork, circa 1752

Of small size, for use with game, the rare blanc de chine haft is moulded with flowers and terminates in the delightful form of a parrot’s head. Fitted with a silver scalloped ferrule and steel tines.

Provenance: The Bernard Watney Collection; an English Private Collection.

Condition: There are obvious cracks to the haft and wear to the glaze on the moulded high points, but no restoration. There are dimples to the silver ferrule.

Dimensions: Length 17.1 cm (including tines)

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).