RARE JAMES II Sterling Silver Trefid Fork by John Clifton. London 1688.
RARE JAMES II Sterling Silver Trefid Fork by John Clifton. London 1688.
RARE JAMES II Sterling Silver Trefid Fork by John Clifton. London 1688.
RARE JAMES II Sterling Silver Trefid Fork by John Clifton. London 1688.
RARE JAMES II Sterling Silver Trefid Fork by John Clifton. London 1688.
RARE JAMES II Sterling Silver Trefid Fork by John Clifton. London 1688.
RARE JAMES II Sterling Silver Trefid Fork by John Clifton. London 1688.
RARE JAMES II Sterling Silver Trefid Fork by John Clifton. London 1688.

JOHN CLIFTON (worked from c.1684)

RARE JAMES II Sterling Silver Trefid Fork by John Clifton. London 1688.

1688 London

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£4,500 gbp
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Rare JAMES II three pronged sterling silver trefid fork of good weight.
Maker: John Clifton. London 1688.

PROVENANCE: How of Edinburgh. A How label is attached to the fork. One side with the date and maker and the other says 'Trefid Fork (ploughed up near Chichester)'.
A contemporary crest is engraved at the end of the stem.
Trefid forks are very rare indeed. Queen Elizabeth I's Inventory records one or maybe two of these forks but they were mainly found on the Continent. It was only after the return of Charles II from Europe that the trefid fork became more known in England and it did not become popular among the upper and moneyed classes until the end of the 17th Century.
The full set of hallmarks is clearly struck on the reverse of the stem.

Length: 7.6 inches (19.3cm)
Weight: 2.24 troy ounces (63.45 grams)
Condition: Extremely good considering its age and with good hallmarks.
Stock Code
8872
Medium
Sterling Silver
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