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Rare Chinese Export Silver Long Handled Pickle Fork and Spoon - Khecheong     Order Form     Request more information
Reference: S11207
Period: Victorian
Year: 1840-1870
Silversmith: Khecheong
Place: Canton, China
Price: $ 1 950.00
Weight: 105 grams
Dimensions: 27.2 cm
Condition: Excellent, some light scratches on back of tines from use.

Description: A rare and possibly unique Chinese Export Silver Pickle Fork and matching spoon, with extremely long handles. The pair are in the Fiddle, Thread and Shell pattern, and have no engraving or monograms. Both items are just over 27 cm long, the spoon has a teaspoon sized bowl, and the fork has 4 long tines. Both are double struck (pattern on both sides), and interesting to note the spoon end turns down, while the fork turns up. The fork has the "Chevron seam found in Fiddle, Thread and Shell pattern flatware" (Forbes, Chinese Export Silver page 65), this is not visible on the spoon. The hallmarks on both items are clear, and include pseudo duty mark, makers mark KHC, pseudo crowned leopards head town mark, and pseudo lion passant. Khecheong was one of the most prolific Chinese Export silversmiths, he worked from Club Street, Honam Island, Canton between 1840 and 1870. He has been described as a "good silversmith" Forbes, Chinese Export Silver 1785-1885, page 255 - a book we highly recommend. A very similar long handled spoon is also depicted in Chinese Export Silver, page 173 and described on page 153, this spoon made by Chang-Hsing is longer at 33 cm, it is in the Peabody Museum of Salem. the description reads "Form extremely rare, if not unique, in both Western and Chinese Export Silver" - not disproved by this discovery. They speculate it was used for stirring or possibly medicine.
Rare Chinese Export Silver Long Handled Pickle Fork and Spoon - Khecheong
Chinese Export Silver Long Handled Pickle Fork and Spoon - Khecheong

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Rare Chinese Export Silver Long Handled Pickle Fork and Spoon - Khecheong
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Rare Chinese Export Silver Long Handled Pickle Fork and Spoon - Khecheong
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Rare Chinese Export Silver Long Handled Pickle Fork and Spoon - Khecheong
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Rare Chinese Export Silver Long Handled Pickle Fork and Spoon - Khecheong
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Rare Chinese Export Silver Long Handled Pickle Fork and Spoon - Khecheong
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Rare Chinese Export Silver Long Handled Pickle Fork and Spoon - Khecheong
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