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Nov. 30th, 2013

Here's a challenge. I n rooting through several differnet wooden cases of inherited family silver for table-settings at Thanksgiviing, we came upon a number of items whose use we didn't know (and in some cases couldn't imagine). They are shown below. How many do you know? Any?  (PS:  "A" is not damaged or melted. The cross on "D" is a cutout.)


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Will Waller
Nov. 30th, 2013 03:13 pm (UTC)
Brown sugar
I usually use C for brown sugar. I couldn't tell you if that's right or not.
Nov. 30th, 2013 03:15 pm (UTC)
I think they're for different sorts of denunciation.
Nov. 30th, 2013 04:04 pm (UTC)
Are you trying to make a farce out of this? (Albert Alligator to Pogo, ca. 1954)
Nov. 30th, 2013 03:15 pm (UTC)
If crowdsourcing doesn't work out, Cooks Illustrated has a feature on unidentified kitchen items that I believe extends to silverware as well, and they always seem to find out what the mystery items are.
Nov. 30th, 2013 03:24 pm (UTC)
Or you can send the image over to the folks at Replacements.com -- they are excellent at helping to identify things.
Nov. 30th, 2013 03:16 pm (UTC)
C looks like a berry spoon. I suspect these are all for specific foods that are more-or-less shaped as the spoons are. D is probably for something kept in a liquid. Is E for cheese or butter?
Nov. 30th, 2013 04:03 pm (UTC)
Agreed -- good thinking. A berry spoon -- how often have I wished I had one!
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Nov. 30th, 2013 03:19 pm (UTC)
A is a saucier spoon and D is an ice cream fork. I have seen C many times, but don't know what it is.
Nov. 30th, 2013 04:04 pm (UTC)
Nov. 30th, 2013 03:24 pm (UTC)
Spoon C
C is a sugar spoon. Would love to know what the others are. -- Richard Lehnert
Nov. 30th, 2013 03:33 pm (UTC)
E is a pastry fork. You slice into your cake with the blade side.
Nov. 30th, 2013 04:02 pm (UTC)
I thought that too -- but it's so small, and the cutter part is so comapritively wide, and doesn't angle off the wrong way?
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Nov. 30th, 2013 03:46 pm (UTC)
There is no spoon...
Nov. 30th, 2013 04:22 pm (UTC)
Before I read the rest of the comments, I think I'll guess that E is a fish-fork, for a right-handed person.
Nov. 30th, 2013 04:25 pm (UTC)
Maybe -- mbut is it not too small? A small-fish fork or a small fish-fork.
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Nov. 30th, 2013 05:08 pm (UTC)
My mother says A is a sauce spoon (so it doesn't drip), and confirms E is a fish fork.
Nov. 30th, 2013 05:23 pm (UTC)
(I have no idea about A or B)

C - berry serving spoon, if the bowl is fluted

D - a tomato server, if the bowl area is mostly flattened, used to serve sliced or broiled tomatoes, the cutout allowed excess juice to drain away before serving

E - pie or pastry fork (used for desserts, "Three or four tined fork with one wide cutting tine. The wider cutting tine
is for cutting through pastry and desserts without damaging the fork" A larger full size version is a "Delmonico Oyster Fork")
Nov. 30th, 2013 11:39 pm (UTC)
It is similar but somewhat smaller. I'm going for "berry spoon" thjough I have never seen one or observed it being used.
Nov. 30th, 2013 05:29 pm (UTC)
This site has some great images.


Unfortunately, they don;'t appear all at once: you have to click on each named item to see it.

The "small cucumber server" has a cross-shaped slot in it, like D.

Have fun!
Nov. 30th, 2013 06:38 pm (UTC)
D and B remind me of Stilton scoops. Though I've not seen those with the scalloped or curved edges before. C is a berry spoon. Haven't a clue about A but E looks like a pastry fork.
Nov. 30th, 2013 06:55 pm (UTC)
If not a Stilton scoop something like it. But of course you'd never use your scoop for Stilton if it was actually meant for Bleu.
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Nov. 30th, 2013 07:07 pm (UTC)
I can't tell if C is flat or curved; if flat, I'd guess it's a fancy sort of server for wedges of cheese or tart, but if curved the "it's a berry spoon" contingent may be right. E is an early form of "knork"!! Or more properly, a pastry/dessert fork for eating pie (edge cuts nicely through pastry); also seen them used for cheese (use the edge to slice, the tines to fork it up and put it on your plate). I have my mom's silver and the dessert fork is very similar to this, quite small.

D I'm guessing is some kind of religious thing??

I wonder if A is an early form of spatula, before there were flexible rubber ones? The flatter edge would make it easy to scrape the sides of large bowl or bottom of a flat pan.

B is a total mystery, although the shape nags at me as though I've seen it somewhere before...

Edit: Bonus points for creative use of scrabble tiles :)

Edited at 2013-11-30 07:11 pm (UTC)
Nov. 30th, 2013 07:17 pm (UTC)
D as religious item has been joked about -- but maybe! An incense scoop?
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Nov. 30th, 2013 08:39 pm (UTC)
A is a Scrabble tile.
B is a Scrabble tile.
C is a Scrabble tile.
D is a Scrabble tile.
E is a Scrabble tile.
Nov. 30th, 2013 09:29 pm (UTC)
D looks a lot like a tomato server, but it's a bit small. Tomato servers are usually longer, wider, flatter, and have more cutouts. (Why, in the name of all that is holy, do I know that? I have never met one in real life.) It could be an olive server? Those tend to be smaller.

E is a pastry fork and a very nice one too. C is wearing at me, because I have seen something like it somewhere before and cannot recall. And B is just confusing. Relish spoon comes closest?

Oh, right! C is a sugar server.
Dec. 2nd, 2013 05:58 am (UTC)
Rush, come over sometime and I'll introduce you to my tomato server and my olive server. Here.

Nov. 30th, 2013 11:21 pm (UTC)
I know A and D, C and E have been adequately explained... but no one has address B!!!!
Nov. 30th, 2013 11:41 pm (UTC)
"Stiltom scoop"was suggested above but the Stilton scoop images are all straight. Amd I'm unconvinced that anyone has identified D.
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Dec. 1st, 2013 04:51 am (UTC)
Hey, your strange silver is clearly from another planet than my strange silver--a Mercury and Venus. Wonder if they'd interbreed?

Dec. 1st, 2013 05:02 am (UTC)
B looks like a cheese scoop to me--it isn't long and pointy enough for marrowbones.

Odd silver is endlessly fascinating.

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Dec. 1st, 2013 11:20 am (UTC)
E is a cake fork for sure.
B is either a cheese scoop or marrow bone scoop.
All the different cutlery was invented by the rising middle class in the Victorian era..It was a way of separating them from their humble origins,a way of showing off conspicuous consumption ,as were all the books of manners about which fork to use and crumbling your bread on the table.The true aristocracy ate with whatever they damn well pleased.
Incidently,eating peas off your knife was quite correct at one time when forks were two pronged and knives very broad and flat.
Dec. 1st, 2013 06:40 pm (UTC)
fun and games aside, I love that you had to pull out your scrabble pieces to stage the pic.
Sean A Priest
Dec. 4th, 2013 11:03 pm (UTC)
green fairy
They remind me of absinthe spoons, but without the holes.
Dec. 20th, 2013 08:04 pm (UTC)
I think the middle one is a rare Victorian gynecological instrument. Sherie Brigham
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