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Private Die Silver Dessert Fork - Watson Family Crest     Order Form     Request more information
Reference: S1901
Period: Victorian
Year: 1898
Silversmith: Elkington & Company
Place: London
Price: $ 330.00
Weight: 61 grams
Dimensions: 17.7 cm
Condition: Excellent.

Description: A private die silver Victorian dessert fork, made by Elkington & Co in 1898. The fork is an excellent gauge, over 60 grammes, a good quality fork. It is double struck with a variant of Kings pattern, but with an ornate scrolling design below the raised family crest. The crest is a griffin holding a branch with leaves in its beak, described as "Griffin's head erased argent holding in the baek a sprig or rose branch proper", this is the Watson family crest. This branch of the Watson family came from Silsden, Yorkshire, descendants of Rowland Watson, Silsden Moor late 16th century. The hallmarks are very clear. Private die flatware was individually commissioned with the family crest die-stamped rather than engraved on a stock pattern (Pickford, Silver Flatware, page 173. Most 19th century private die patterns were supplied through Hunt & Roskell to members of the peerage and other wealthy clients. Pickford describes these as "fascinating, but obviously impossible to build into services". Note - this fork is accompanied by the heraldic report.
Private Die Silver Dessert Fork - Watson Family Crest
Private die silver fork - watson family crest

Private Die Silver Dessert Fork - Watson Family Crest
Watson crest armorial - private die silver fork

Private Die Silver Dessert Fork - Watson Family Crest
Private die kings variant fork - back

Private Die Silver Dessert Fork - Watson Family Crest
Kings variant pattern - back of private die fork

Private Die Silver Dessert Fork - Watson Family Crest
Elkington silver hallmarks

Private Die Silver Dessert Fork - Watson Family Crest
Private die silver watson crest - scale

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