This is a gorgeously detailed sterling silver fish fork, made by John R. Wendt of New York City, c.1870. for J.E. Caldwell & Co.the retailer circa 1870. The serving part of this fork features exaggerated, spade-shaped tines and a beautiful brite-cut depiction of a fish surrounded by underwater plants. This piece is in the Florentine pattern and the handle has intricate scrolling detailing. This is a very unique piece! This fork measures 9" x 2 3/4." It is quite a substantial serving fork and it weighs 3.45 Troy ounces. The handle is marked "J.E. CALDWELL & CO." and "STERLING PATENT." Circa 1860, the company focused on being a retailer of silver rather than a manufacturer. Soon J. E. Caldwell & Co. become one of the major jewelry and silver retailers in Philadelphia.
Item ID: 746-JECaldFishFork