Silver Dinner Table Forks
Family crest to each terminal which we have not researched.
In excellent condition with just the usual cut marks from normal useage to the reverse sides of the tines.
Each measures 201 mm in length.
|MAKER or SPONSOR MARK
|John, Edward, Walter & John Barnard (Barnard & Sons Ltd)
The fork developed as an eating utensil much later than knives which are the descendants of sharpened hand axes, the oldest known human tools. The shape of the fork has been around a long time and in ancient Greece, depictions of Poseidon, the god of the Sea, shown him holding a trident. In the same period, people used large forked tools to pull food out of boiling pots. However, it wasn’t used at the table until much later.
In the eighth or ninth century, forks began to appear as eating utensils in Persia and by the 11th century forks were in use in the Byzantine Empire. From works of art and illustrated manuscripts, we can see that forks were often two-pronged at this stage. In the 16th century, forks as we know them began to appear across Europe being introduced to Italy and France and finally, Great Britain.