Dating antique forks
Unlike many modern tools, which can be admired for their design and efficiency, these tools rarely have a brand.
(If they do, the stamp or label has long since been rubbed off.) You may like your OXO peeler, but it's doubtful that you will ever feel such affection for it.
For at least four generations in my family, the beloved tools have been antique bone-handle forks.
It might surprise you to know that the tool you use to eat with every day was once considered immoral, unhygienic and reminiscent of the devil!When it comes to antique sterling silver flatware, age is not everything.For example, much of the flatware from the Victorian and Edwardian eras were mass-produced.If you live in Europe or the Americas, you likely pick up a fork every day and give no thought to it, unless you’re selecting flatware for a wedding registry or you happen to have recently returned from Asia. And yet it is a bizarre object, as Charles Simic suggests in his poem “The Fork”: This strange thing must have crept Right out of hell.It resembles a bird’s foot Worn around the cannibal’s neck.
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For my second, past and present column, I thought we would take a look at the fork.