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SILVERWARE OF GIUSEPPE GARIBALDI
Giuseppe Garibaldi (Nizza 1807 - Caprera 1882) was called the "Hero
of Two Worlds" in tribute to his military adventures in both South
America and Europe.
He is the most famous hero of Italian 'Risorgimento' and gave an
exceptional contribution to the unification of Italy promoted by the
House of Savoy with the creation of the Kingdom of Italy under the
King of Sardinia Victor Emmanuel II of Savoy.
When ASCAS' member Guido Manescotto requested my help to identify the
marks of his fork I don't imagined to find so many links to the history
of Italian indipendence.
The fork is in Old English style and has three hallmarks on the handle.
The hallmarks belongs to the Kingdom of Sardinia, after
cross of Saints Maurizio e
2nd purity degree for large works
hallmark of 'Ufficio del Marchio di Genova'
(Genoa's town mark)
G.G. within an heart
silversmith Giuseppe Garibaldi
Obviously the maker of
this fork is only an homonym of Giuseppe Garibaldi, hero of Italian
But I've found another
link with the protagonists of Italian 'Risorgimento'.
Within the silverware belonged to the Royal House of Savoy
kept in the Galleria Nazionale di Palazzo Spinola in Genoa (a Museum of
the Sovrintendenza dei Beni Artistici della Liguria) there's a large lot
of spoons, knives and forks made by Giuseppe Garibaldi and with the same
hallmarks of the fork of our member.
(left) silverware used by the Royal House of Savoy for its Genoa
marks of the silverware (right)
Kingdom of Sardinia,
Royal House of Savoy, Giuseppe Garibaldi .... three big figures of
Italian history within a small silver fork ...
Giorgio Busetto - 2004 -