4 Onslow Pattern Table Forks, 1775
Table Forks (4) - Onslow pattern - London 1775 by John Lambe - 19cm long; 257g combined weight - ST/9722d
Of all the major flatware patterns of the Georgian period, Onslow pattern remains left field. It was named in honour of the famous Speaker of the House, was produced intermittently from the middle of the 18th century and tends to be mostly found in the form of spoons and serving items. It is unusual in that it was made in two pieces; the cast, scroll terminal was applied to the shank of the spoon by way of a scarf joint (a longitudinal overlap of the two sections being joined).
Georgian period silver dinner forks in Onslow pattern are almost unheard of, so we are very pleased to be able to offer 4 excellent examples with bottom-struck hallmarks for the specialist flatware maker John Lambe. The hallmarks are a little rubbed on several but are in the main legible. The solder lines of the scarf joints are visible, which is considered a benefit for this pattern as it shows their authenticity and the tines remain long and equal. A very fine set of rare silver forks.