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I have inherited a silver plated pickle fork/spoon hallmark

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I have inherited a silver plated pickle fork/spoon hallmark M H & Co S ep regd 672728. It is smooth measuring 22cms in length with a spoon shaped handle, but the fork/spoon end is a pear shaped scoop with hollow centre and 2 prongs rising at the tip. A wonderful piece of cutlery for lifting the pickled onion from the jar and allowing the vinegar to drain as you do so. I would like to know more about it and have been unable to find any others like it on the internet. I hope you can enlighten me, Kind regards, ***** *****

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Expert:  Nora replied 2 years ago.
Hi There~
My name is ***** ***** I would be happy to help with your question.
Would it be possible for you to send me photos? A full image with the design and a clear, in-focus close-up of the mark would be ideal.
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Customer: replied 2 years ago.

I attach photos as requested, hope they are clear

silver pickle fork

Customer: replied 2 years ago.

I have attempted to attach my photos but they appear too large. Can I email them as an attachment, that should work?

Expert:  Nora replied 2 years ago.
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Expert:  Nora replied 2 years ago.
Hi Maggie~
Thank you for your patience.
The MH & Co stands for the maker Martin Hall and Co.
Here is a link for you on the history of Martin Hall & Co:
http://www.silvercollection.it/ENGLAMARTINHALL.html
The EP stands for electro-plate which indicates that this is indeed silverplate.
The registered number should be for the year the design was entered and possibly the year made. Thus Rd No 672728 equals the year 1919. Making this an early 20th century, post World War II utensil as opposed to Victorian era.
I have not found a match for this utensil to make a definitive statement as to its use, though your theory is definitely quite plausible and very good. As you may be aware the dining etiquette in the 19th and early 20th century involved a specific utensil for every variety of food. A ‘specific’, for example, would be a long handled pronged open bowl spoon for pickled quail’s eggs.
You may want to reach out to some website owners who specialize in antique household items and Victorian etiquette experts as they may be able to pinpoint the exact use of this. Here are some suggestions for you:
http://www.oldandinteresting.com/
http://www.rsvp-etiquette.com/utensils.html
http://www.rauantiques.com/library/dinner-is-served-the-changing-face-of-dining-traditions-758.html
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