The Trials and Tribulations of a Forkless Hostess

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I don’t know about you, but my Thanksgiving table won’t look like the Warsaw Royal Castle place settings pictured above. No eighteenth or nineteenth century silver service, gilt brass, or crystal goblets. Not even six spoons, knives, and forks. Well, I could probably scrape together six mismatched spoons and knives but not the forks.

Unlike the wealthy Victorians whose silverware included numerous forks, I possess a collection, which pales in comparison. I don’t have task-specific forks for lemons, oysters, strawberries, olives, pickles, berries, fish, lettuce, tomato, cucumbers, cake, cold meats, toasting, or ice-cream. Yes, ice-cream.

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Vintage English brass toasting fork collection for sale

I’m not sure how the ice-cream fork functioned, nor do I know why my dinner forks keep vanishing. Perhaps they’re in the same villainous vortex that lures socks from their mates, but one would think forks would make louder protests.

Since I doubt police interest in the multi-tined disappearance of six mismatched dinner forks, I’m off in search of replacements. Again. Meanwhile, peruse the links about the history of forks. Just don’t abscond with the rest of my silverware.

Links:

History of Victorian forks:
http://vintageslg.blogspot.com/2010/02/victorian-forks.html

History of forks:
http://www.apartmenttherapy.com/a-quick-history-of-forks-164153

Choosing the correct Victorian fork:
http://livinghistorylectures.com/taste-through-time/trial-by-fork-formal-victorian-dining-demystified/

Collecting forks:
http://www.designsponge.com/2009/08/past-and-present-history-of-the-fork-collecting-care.html

What do you lose other than socks and forks?

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