from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A fork-shaped implement used for piling fagots upon a fire.
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"It is not permitted but to the chief in quality, or to him who hath charge of the fire, to stir it up with the fire-fork, to kindle it, or take it away, or put fuel on."
I should never have touched the fire-fork, when I was a little maid, and nigh got the house a-fire, had not old Dame _Conyers_, that was my godmother, bidden me not do the same.
The fireplace was supplied with andirons, a shovel, and a fire-fork, which served the place of a poker.