Rare Keswick silver toasting fork
An unusual and rare piece of Arts & Crafts, Keswick School of Industrial Arts silverware; a long silver mounted toasting fork with stylised interwined & knotted prongs, on a long ebonised squared handle. Chester silver hallmarks for 1909 as well as the Keswick mark.
The Keswick School of Industrial Arts ( KSIA) was founded in 1884 by Canon Hardwicke Rawnsley and his wife, Edith. They initially ran evening classes of repousse metalwork at the Crosthwaite Parish Rooms near Keswick in Cumbria. They quicklyprospered and indeed developed a reputation for high quality copper and silver decorative metalwork. They are of course better known for their copper & brass Arts & Crafts metalware, and pieces executed in silver are much scarcer.
Ref: The Loving Eye & Skilful Hand: The Keswick Schoool of Industrial Arts by Ian Bruce