Antique sterling silver serving fork in the extremely ornate pattern "Paris". This pattern was made by Gorham in 1901. A versatile pierced serving item, for meat, salad, desserts, fish, etc. Large size 9 inches long, 2.75 inches wide. This is one of the most sumptuous sterling silver patterns ever produced during the golden era of American silver. The top has two cherubs surrounded by garlands and sceptres, underneath them are spread eagles in trees. In the middle is the full figure of the Greek goddess Paris, then coat of arms with ship, all surrounded by dense decoration. The back is just as interesting. Image of a cathedral with great details, surrounded by dense scrolls and fleur de lis. Design terminates in grape vines with bunch of grapes. Marked on the back with the turn of the century Gorham hallmarks, Sterling , Pat. 1901. Very substantial sterling silver weight. 4.1 oz. or 116 grams on my postal scale. The quality of this piece is evident in the crispness of the pattern, as well as the great design. Condition perfect. It has been used, with normal usage, but well cared for. There is a monogram on the front , beautifully hand engraved, J De L. The engraving is so beautiful that it just looks like part of the design. The pattern is very crisp. If you want to dress up your dinner parties, this is a fabulous piece.
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Gorham Sterling Paris Huge Serving Fork 1901