We could not resist this quirky item that is SOO typical of the century when Victorian manufacturing was reaching new heights with the introduction in 1840 by Elkington & Co of electroplating silver onto a base metal. This item is such fun, every time that you handle it, it just makes you smile.
In fact this delightful silver plate retractable pickle fork was indeed produced by Elkington & Co of Birmingham, England in the year 1881 using the same process that they patented back in 1840. The detailing is stunning on this manually retractable fork. The little 17th century male figure finial is part of the mechanism. To begin with one would pierce the olive/pickle/cherry using the four base prongs, you would lift the pickle over your glass/dish then you push down on the retractable figure to release the pickle/cherry.....very sophisticated. The fluted top barrel has pretty floral and foliage chased designs as well as a full set of maker and date letter marks. The elegant shaft is also fluted.
This is a good quality and very tactile Victorian item that will display excellently.....
Measuring: 7 5/8 inch (19.5 cm). Depth 0.5 inch (1.3 cm).
Condition: Good and used with a fabulous natural patina. We have not cleaned this item preferring its original patination.
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