The comparable set in the Riksmuseum dates to 1671, is similarly engraved, and is hallmarked for Batavia in the Dutch East Indies. Regarding the inscription: the Sara Lewes set has been investigated by leading Dutch experts, who also undertook geneological research in the city archives of Leeuwarden. Their opinion is that Sara'Lewes' is in fact Sara'Lieuwes', born in Leeuwarden, Friesland, in 1643, and the sister of Sytske Lieuwes. Sytske emigrated to New Amsterdam with her husband in 1662; and it is believed that upon Sara's death in 1672, or shortly thereafter, she commissioned this set. To commemorate her sister's death.
If this is correct that makes the fork in this set -- wait for it -- the earliest surviving silver fork from the present day United States. This evidence has been exhaustively catalogued in a 10,000 word journal article published at University College, London, in 2012. I'm happy to send a PDF of the article to serious inquirers. Because this set was more commemorative than intended for practical use, the condition is close to pristine. At some point the shaft of the fork was neatly broken in two.There is an old solder repair to this break that is invisible to the naked eye. The item "17th century Dutch colonial silver spoon and fork set, possibly made in New York" is in sale since Monday, May 27, 2019. This item is in the category "Antiques\Silver\Solid Silver\Other Solid Silver". The seller is "heartoftheworld99_8" and is located in Glasgow. This item can be shipped worldwide.