Sterling Silver Dinner Forks
Hallmarked from Birmingham in 1915 with the makers mark being that of Elkington & Co.
They each carry a family crest to the terminal (not researched by us).
Each fork measures 204mm in length.
|MAKER or SPONSOR MARK
|Elkington & Co
The Birmingham Assay Office is one of the four assay offices in the United Kingdom. It is located in Birmingham’s Jewellery Quarter.
In 18th century Birmingham the silver trade was hampered by the legal requirement that items of solid silver must be assayed and the nearest Assay Offices were in Chester or London.
Therefore, a number of Birmingham’s great industrialists petitioned Parliament for the establishment of an Assay Office in their own city. There was determined opposition from London silversmiths but, despite this, the Government granted Birmingham the right to assay silver in March 1773.
Fork comes from the Latin furca or pitchfork. The fork is a utensil now often made of stainless steel but previously of silver. Simply described, the long handle terminates in a head that branches into several narrow and often slightly curved tines with which one spears food.