A set of twelve sterling silver strawberry forks with gold wash by Dominick & Haff. The pattern is Charles II and features beaded edges and shells. Specialized flatware was used by the Victorians for their opulent table settings and choices of food. Just prior to the turn of the 19th Century silver pieces were crafted for the many courses offered during fine meals. Strawberry forks with their long narrow tines were used to serve the berries which often were accompanied by powdered sugar or whipped cream. I imagine they were used on occasion to dip strawberries in champagne first and then powdered sugar.
Times have changed and many of the specialized flatware from the past can be re-purposed. The forks could easily be used for wide range appetizers and as cocktail picks.
American sterling silver, marked for Dominick & Haff New York (1872). Purchased by Reed & Barton in 1928.
Measurements; 5” long
Condition Report; Very good, some loss of gold wash on tines and surface scratches. All in accordance with age and use. The forks are engraved on the back as shown in the pictures
A fine wedding or anniversary gift. Consider giving a gift with a history and that is also Green. Buy green and buy antiques. Antiques are green. Recycle, reuse, re-purpose. Conserve natural resources and prevent a carbon footprint that comes with newly produced items.