The Old Force Cockington Toasting Fork


19 1/2"L x 2 1/2"W

Brass. The Old Force Cockington on the handle. Great antique condition. Numbered. Rotating prongs.

Known as a toasting iron , Its fork end consists of three prongs, with the central prong curved to allow slices of bread, cheese or meat, and perhaps even slices of apple, to be toasted together.  When the toasting fork is not being used it could be hung up next to the fire by its suspension ring. People in the middling or upper levels of society used a toasting fork, sometimes called a toasting iron, which was a long-handled fork, usually between 16 and 24 inches in length, that could heat or toast food in front of an open fire.

The Forge has stood at the heart of the village for centuries, and any visitor can see how it's earned its reputation as being one of the most photographed buildings in the country. Although often cited as being constructed in the 14th century, a forge had been on the site before that. In 1345 a fire destroyed large sections of the building, causing it to be re-built in the style you see today, so it was actually re-constructed in the 14th century. 

19th century