Very impressive Early Victorian bread fork Antique silver plated, muffin fork, decorative Victorian fork made c. 1850s by Martin Hill and Co. Excellent quality.
A large and very decorative silver plated bread fork or toast fork. Martin Hall & Co, Sheffield, with mark entered 1854.
In perfect vintage condition.
Martin Hall & Co was one of the best known manufacturers, exhibiting at the 1851 great exhibition. Martin Hall & Co began 1854 and became a limited company in 1866.
Today you could use this beautiful fork for serving sliced meat and charcuterie, very decorative piece in your bouffet.
Bread was an important part of meal for Victorians, it would be served as a side dish to most dinners, so bread forks become quite common to use.
Lenght: 7.1"/ 18,2 cm
Max Wide: 1.7"/ 4,3 cm
Weight: 81 g
It was mainly used in Victorian times, when touching food was frowned up. Even in not so posh households, you had to have a bread fork to help yourself to the bread from a bread basket in the middle of table.
After you have used the bread fork and placed the slice of bread on your own plate, you could actually touch it with your hands
The Victorians are renowned for having elaborate dining implements and although bread is eaten with the hands it was considered rude to pick bread from the table with your hands, thus the bread fork became a regular part of the dining etiquette.
MARTIN HALL & CO
MARTIN HALL & CO LTD
The origin of the firm in the partnership established in 1820 in Sheffield by Henry Wilkinson and John Roberts who traded as Wilkinson & Roberts.The firm's cronology is: John Roberts (1836), Roberts & Hall ( 1846), Martin Hall & Co (1854), Martin Hall & Co Ltd (1866-1936). Martin Hall & Co was one of the best known British manufacturers and partecipated to many international exhibitions including the Crystal Palace 1851 Great Exhibition.
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