Here is a behind the scenes look at one of our upcoming vintage teaspoon designs. I realize I've never shared more about the process.
This piece was actually a pickle fork made by Fessenden & Company. Originally founded in the 1850s as Whiting Fessenden & Cowan, the name was changed in 1858 to Wm. P. Fessenden & Co then Fessenden & Company in 1860. The company was out of business by the 1920s.
Maybe it's odd, but before I begin reworking a piece and asking it to come on a journey together with me into a wearable artifact that will be treasured - I thank the makers and acknowledge the unrecognized. And then we begin.
Our signature style is to have the flower cutout to accentuate the shape - this also makes the pieces lighter so we can wear them as earrings.
What's a pickle fork? It's a wee fork with sharp tines and a barbed center to hold on to the pickles.
Here is the final version - ready to go to the caster.