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Toasting fork

possibly British, Norfolk
Silver, exotic hardwood
Length: 34 1/2 in. (87.6 cm)
Credit Line:
Gift of Irwin Untermyer, 1968
Accession Number:
Not on view
One of only two known 16th-century toasting forks, this was used to toast apples, cheese, or "puddings" in front of a fire. The inlaid initials, outline of a railing, and a tun (a type of band) create a rebus that may refer to a member of the Railton family of Norfolk.
Inscription: Engraved end of opposite mount: G.R. with rebus

Engraved between tines: 1561
George Railton ; A. G. Paterson (until 1966; sale, Christie's, London, January 27, 1966, lot no. 148; sold for £1,350 to S. J. Phillips); [ S. J. Phillips Ltd. ,1966; sold on April 12, 1966 to Irwin Untermyer ] ; Irwin Untermyer (1966–68; to MMA)
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