Finally made it into the 1800's

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Found a really decent fork while out hunting with my Ace 400...did some research on Murray, ID and found a couple of houses I had not seen before on previous maps...anyway was onsite about 10 minutes and found the fork about 5-6 inches down. See pictures included. Thinking they were part of the original town population of about 2500 or so...pretty cool none the less.

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1847 would be the patent date, right? Is it sterling or plated? Great looking fork, grats!
 
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1847 was when the company was founded...was called "Rogers Bros Britannia Company" up until it was bought out by another company around 1898. Pattern is called "Meriden" in case anyone finds one while out MD'ing in the future. Silver plated from what I can find online...pretty freaking heavy too.

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Just some background info on Murray, ID. Murray was a Gold Rush town ~ 1883 - 1885...at some point the population was around 2500 or so people...Wyatt Earp at one point had a saloon out towards Eagle Creek...he was also put in jail at Murray several times during this time period for "Claim Jumping". Murray had quite a few saloons...several churches...and a lot of prospectors...population current date is around 25 people year round. They have a event they do each year called "Molly B' Damn days"...matter of fact my wife designed the tee-shirts for this years event...should it actually happpen due to the Coronavirus pandemic...

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Nice Find! That Fork is a real beauty and in good condition. I'd like to use that Fork on a thick and juicy Rib Steak. LOL Are you going to give that Fork a Road Test?
 
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Very nice fork in excellent condition! :icon_thumleft:
 
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Don't know about the "Road Test"...LOL Considering it is as old as it is...I was really impressed with the shape it was in after being in the dirt that long. Anyway...First fork I've ever found...I'm just glad I got into the 1800's club...LOL

The oldest thing I had found before the fork...was a 1918 penny...sure would like to locate some IHP's tho...

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Oh yeah...Heck yeah...I intend to go back quite a few times before summer is over. Just getting started...LOL Have several spots I want to check out in more detail.

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Looks like I got permission to check out some of the old house sites in Murray, Idaho. Should be interesting to see what I find...probably be back to Murray Idaho this coming Friday or Saturday...Woo Hoo.

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Got back out to Murray Idaho...did not find too much of any interest. (Pulltabs, Trash...etc...etc) Did find a county auto tag from 1965 that is in halfway decent shape...if anybody wants to see a picture of said tag I'll upload one for all to see...LOL

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Got "Forked" twice in one day...

Got back out to Murray Idaho again...this time I found 2 more forks within about 4-5 feet of the location I found the first fork. One fork is the same as the first fork...only made by a different company. Second fork is a different design all together...appears to be circa 1938 by a company out of Chicago (Pick & Company). Have a picture of it all cleaned up....Pattern is called "La Rose" What's got me curious is why there would be a bunch of "Forks" in one general spot...within just a few feet of each other???

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