overall: 5/8 in x 7 7/8 in x 1 in; 1.5875 cm x 20.0025 cm x 2.54 cm
United Kingdom: England
1740 - 1760
Two-tined, silver pistol-grip fork with engraved armorial device on hollow handle depicting crest of a mermaid or siren with flowing hair and textured skin in profile proper erased on a ducal coronet and wreath. Straight tines with U-shaped root on smooth baluster shaft. No marks. From a set of 12 knives and 12 forks stored in original shagreen-covered case, 1978.2424.01-.025.