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what is this fork used for , has a crown (like paw print) then 835 then a spiky crownthen single f p or j on reverse

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Hello.

Sorry for the delay in replying. I was looking through some pictures but I didn't find one picture of a piece like this.

This is a guess - I wonder if it might be a butter pick. I can't tell the length of the piece but if it's around six inches, this might be correct.

If it's longer, It could be a sort of meat stabilizer used in the carving process.

The "835" indicates that it might be European, perhaps German. One sees that number on European pieces to mean 83.5% silver content (sterling is 92.5%).

Sorry I could not be of more help.

Best wishes,

Jim

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Jim Stringer

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I answer questions about sterling flatware and other sterling pieces........... I answer value questions at http://whatisitworth.lovetoknow.com/questions/categories/silver. I also author a blog at http://www.SilverChatter.com and write articles about silver at http://www.examiner.com/sterling-silver-in-national/jim-stringer ........... Thanks to nominations from questioners, I'm listed in the Top 50 Experts for 2014 and 2015.......... NOTE: Please do not give me a verbal description of a pattern and ask me to identify it. Attach a picture if you need such help..........

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Buyer and seller of sterling pieces for over ten years. Author of the blog, www.SilverChatter.com. Sterling silver writer for www.Examiner.com.

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Examiner.com; SilverChatter.com; "Selling_Your_Silver: A Guide to Finding a Buyer and Getting a Good Price (www.lulu.com/spotlight/georgiasilver)

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BS, University of Alabama; MS, University of Maryland

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