I have seen a lot of toasting forks but this one is very unique with the inscription on piece. This brass toasting fork (19 ½") has a great patina and is from the early part of the 1900's I believe. Toasting forks were to toast your bread over the open fire. Everyone would have at least one hung on their fireplace hearth. Some extra information of French inscription is translated to:
"I am a dog gnawing a bone. While I am gnawing I take my rest, a time will come which has not yet come when I will bite those who have bitten me" The dog is a golden dog that is a carved stone block above the entrance to the Quebec post office. It is associated with a legend about a family feud, which William Kirby made use of in his novel the "Golden Dog". In the early 1900's when souvenirs were manufactured, Quebec had many tourists that would to to the post office to mail their post cards home and saw the carving and want a souvenir of the place. William Kirby published the "Golden Dog" in 1877 and it was revised in 1896. This information comes from Peter Kaellgren of the ROM museum.
Item ID: MM01212-1
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