1973 Wrought Iron Butcher Tool Small Flesh Fork By Thomas Loose Southeastern Pennsylvania
Description: A beautiful handmade wrought iron small flesh fork. This butcher tool is made of one piece of wrought iron. It starts at the bottom with a two curved pronged fork having sharp points, which progresses upwards to a handle with a round rod like portion. Half way through the length of the handle it is flattened and ends with a loop to hang from. The loop has a small rat tail like portion at the end. The fork is handmade and was obviously hammered into shape. This fork is smaller in size than usual and is very well done. It is signed and dated by the maker Thomas Loose. It is a great looking piece which would make a great addition to any collection. Please carefully review the photos presented as they are part and parcel of our description.
Date: The piece is dated 1973.
Origin: Lancaster County, southeastern Pennsylvania, in the USA.
Size: The fork measures ~9 1/4" long and is ~1 3/8" at its widest. The fork's prongs are curved with a ~1" long portion looking up. The piece weighs about 2 ounces.
Maker: Thomas Loose.
Marks: Stamped TL 73 on the back of the handle.
Distinguishing Characteristics - Most Interesting About The Piece: This is a small nicely done wrought iron butcher fork that is very good looking and would be a great addition to any collection.
Condition: Fork is in very good condition with no cracks or repairs. The prongs are intact and sharp with no damage. The piece has scratches, dings, minor signs of oxidation especially towards the hooked end, and some pitting. Be that as it may the piece is just in very good shape and looks great for being over 45 years old. Please see photos for additional condition information.