|Did Paul Revere make this?|
Our property used to be farmland, and this area is known to have been traveled by Revolutionary War soliders, and Native American Indians before that. The spot where the brook is located is amidst protected wetlands, so it hasn't been disturbed, and it's possible this was dropped here during Colonial times as the soldiers passed through the area.
I took the fork to a local historian, and he was convinced of two things: that it's very old, and that it is handmade. He also believes the fork is solid silver. He showed it to a colleague, and they both agreed it could have significant historic value, since it is appears to be the work of a master silversmith, and one such master known during that time period was none other than Paul Revere.
|These modern-day utensils have the same handle.|
Have you ever seen a pattern like this before? Do you know of a way to determine whether or not this fork is truly an antique, or merely a reproduction. Please offer any suggestions in the comments section. Thanks!
And, at the urging of the historians I contacted, I will be getting a metal detector and exploring out there further to see what else I can find.