Friday, July 8, 2011

To Sell? To Polish?


Found some pretty silver forks.
Love the beaded detail.





I think they are dessert forks.
Am I right?


 Can you tell me anything about them?

Dad and I are taking a drive down to Schoolhouse Treasures this afternoon to check out the booth.

Do you have big plans for the weekend?
Ours will be quiet...
calm...
...peaceful.
:)

37 comments:

Maura @ Lilac Lane Cottage said...

Hi Laura!
I wish I could tell you something about your forks but I've never seen any like it before. How strange..but I think that's what makes them so appealing. No plans for this weekend...probably just working in the gardens a bit in the morning and then hiding from the heat here in Kansas. I'm really getting sick of triple digits..we've had 3 days of 90's but starting tomorrow we're back up into the 100's again. I hope it's much cooler where you are. Have a wonderful weekend!
Maura :)

AshTreeCottage said...

I am not sure, they may be dessert forks. I would keep them because they are so unique and I love the beaded detail. Enjoy!

Hugs,
Susan and Bentley

Anonymous said...

Its a pastry fork, also called a pie fork. Thanks for your lovely blog.

Nell

Ceekay- Thinkin of Home said...

It is a pastry fork. Don't know the pattern though.

Rose Petal Hollow said...

The forks are pretty. Never heard of a pastry fork before. Learned something new.
Hope you have a wonderful weekend.
MaryAnn

Zootsuitmama said...

Really pretty! I think it's an antique spork! Never seen a hybrid fork that's 1/4 spoon! lol

time worn interiors said...

Forks are really cool!
tot

Tucker The Crestie said...

Not sure, but they're very pretty!

Into Vintage said...

I'm pretty sure the pattern in Alberta, circa 1900. I looked it up in my big bible of silverplate.

My vintage dish-itis goes hand-in-hand with my silverplate-itis. No known cure. :-)

Tamra said...

Yep, pastry forks they are and lovely to boot! Although I've yet to see any old serving silver that I didn't like.

Glenda/MidSouth said...

I am of no help on the forks.
Enjoy your weekend.

Toyin O. said...

The forks look really nice, thanks for sharing.

Bleudelavande said...

Hi Laura, I can't help you for the forks, but they are really cute!!!!
Nice weekend to you my friend.

Brambleberry Cottage said...

Ha! Those are two of the very same questions I'm asking myself, as I sort through my own personal stashes for items to sell. ;)

I'm unfamiliar with this particular pattern, Laura, but here is a Web address to a "Piece Type" chart from a company I've done business with here in my home state - NC: http://www.replacements.com/piecetype/flat_piece.htm .

Hope that helps.

Liz @ the Brambleberry Cottage
http://thebrambleberrycottage.blogspot.com/

Blondie's Journal said...

Very pretty, Laura! I love the detail and would definitely hang on to them!

Quiet weekend ahead working in the garden and taking a dip in the lake!

XO,
Jane

Pilgrim at Kerjacob said...

When I was a child they were always called 'Cake forks'
My Nan always used them and if we went out anywhere and had afternoon tea, there would be the cake forks.
I have them now and one day, just one day when this old house is finished I will unpack them and use them.
They are lovely to use and will make me think of my Nan who I adored.
She was just so important and influential in my life and continues to be so.

Love Diane. x

En passant... said...

It could be forks for oysters.
Have a nice evening.

poppilinnstudios said...

The beaded border is so pretty. I'd put a ribbon around a bunch and display them. I found some cute spoons that I don't want to part with-I polished them, put a ribbon one and will frame it when I find the right frame.
-Lynn

Joyce - Quilted Nest said...

I've sold forks like these. Seems people are always looking for the unusual flatware - so you might want to try it. Unless you would prefer to keep them yourself of course.

Ashley said...

I have never seen forks in such a design, but I quite like them :) This weekend will be filled with painting and re-newing...Have a lovely weekend! Xoxoxo

Gert said...

I love these forks and would polish and keep them!! smile... I learned something new today...dessert forks...how cool!!! Never seen them before! Love the beaded edge...I've seen that pattern before but not sure what it is!

Will be going to baby showers Saturday and Sunday! smile....

Blessings...
xoxo Gert

joanne said...

are they from your mom? i would keep them....they are gorgeous... have a good weekend....

Sandi said...

They sure are pretty, but I don't have a clue if they are dessert forks. lol
I went to Hortons at Tipton french flea market today for the first time ever. Loved it!! Will share my goodies later. :)
Blessings~

French Curiosités said...

I can't seem to let go of silver, so I am on the keep them train :)

Have a great weekend.

Cottage and Broome said...

I'd keep the forks, they are great! Working in the garden, beach walking (Lake Michigan), and refinishing a piece of furniture this weekend.

Julie@beingRUBY said...

Hi Laura
Well you know me.. I couldn't let go of silver either... I have some similar shaped forks that belonged to my grandmother/mother? and not sure myself of their usage..

Just catching up on your previous post also.. what fun.. you've opened a booth.. and perhaps good I am so far away from it.. hehe..

Have a great weekend.. ciao xxx Julie

sweetpea said...

not sure but they sure are fabulous! i say keep! or sell to me...

hugs,

shelley

Jan said...

Hi Laura,
I have seen forks like yours but don't know what their specific purpose is. Send a photo to http://www.replacements.com and they will identify the pattern and what they are used for.

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Kathy said...

Pie forks? I'd never heard of these before. Imagine. A fork just for pie. I'd sure keep them. I love the idea of a pie fork! - Kathy

Olympia said...

They are pastry forks; the wider side is designed to be used as a knife while cutting the pie.

YONKS said...

The are antique right handed beaded cake/pastry forks. My guess would be late Victorian 1800s. I would hang onto them! Everyone needs cake forks. Pity they would be difficult for lefties, very rarely found with the devil connotation!
Dianne
YONKS
XOXO

Anonymous said...

The WR stand for William A. Rogers.

Recycled Rita said...

Those forks are wonderful! I always have the same dilemna- to shine or leave the patina. I love the patina but maybe for forks shined is better??? Would love your orzo salad recipe!
karen....

carlos lopergolo said...

These forks are for desserts, specially for pies. By the way, shine or leave the patina ? Well if you will use them you can shine them, but leave the patina in the "bas relief" of the silver piece. I hope this can help.

Sconelady said...

My Southern maternal grandmother always used these with dessert(pie or cake) and her small demi-tasse cups of coffee in the afternoon.. The forks are not full sized but are smaller. So delicate! The pattern is truly beautiful! Thanks for sharing the photos!

Nutbird said...

It is not patina, it is tarnish. Leaving it does not benefit the piece. The tarnish can eat at the finish until it is ruined. Patina on silver is from the tiny little scratches that result from continuous use. These forks look English, because of the pattern, and the style of the tines. Ann