Dating antique forks

Real antique silver is never without value but there are a few details which you will need.

The first thing you will want to do is to clean the silver thoroughly so that you can more easily read backstamps and markings.

For this reason, knives, forks, spoons, and serving utensils from these periods tend to be less collectible than handmade pieces, even those from more recent times.

A piece of flatware’s pattern and maker are generally more important than its age.

As you hold it in your hand, As you stab with it into a piece of meat, It is possible to imagine the rest of the bird: Its head which like your fist Is large, bald, beakless, and blind.

(If they do, the stamp or label has long since been rubbed off.) You may like your OXO peeler, but it's doubtful that you will ever feel such affection for it.

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For my second, past and present column, I thought we would take a look at the fork.

I’ve included a few tips on simple collecting and care of silver as well as a little “fork etiquette section” (and there’s even a little bonus section at the very bottom!