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Maker(s):Wynkoop, Benjamin
Culture:American (1675-1751)
Title:sucket fork
Date Made:1700-1720
Type:Food Service
Materials:silver
Place Made:United States; New York; New York
Measurements:overall: 5 1/4 in; 13.3 cm
Accession Number:  HD 67.450

Description:
Silver sucket fork with a two-prong fork at one end and a rounded spoon bowl with a rattail on the other end of the flat handle, which is marked "WK / B" in a small heart for Benjamin Wynkoop (1675-1751), and engraved with the initials "E+H" on back of the fork. Sucket forks were used to eat wet and dry sweetmeats served during dessert. The fork would stab preserved fruits in syrup, and the spoon would be used to eat the syrup or spoon up another kind of wet sweetmeat such as a syllabub or jelly.

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