Rare Mary Sumner Sterling Silver fork, London 1807
Rare Sterling Silver fork, by Mary Sumner, in the fiddle & thread pattern, the handle with engraved family crest of Tudor Rose & Wings
Hallmarked for London, 1807,
also ‘MS’ for Mary Sumner,
registered 1807, ceased 1808.
Good condition, minor wear
Mary Sumner was the widow of silversmith William Sumner I. After he died, she took on the business herself, mainly making cutlery. She was probably active in 1806, registered the ‘MS’ mark in 1807, and went into partnership with her daughter Eliza in 1809, using the mark ‘MS/ES’. This fork comes from the brief period where she used her own initials, just 2 years.