Sunday, October 25, 2009
I have this thing about victoriana...started by my English grandmother's gift of various items from her times growing up in victorian England. Lots of stories too...like having seen Queen Victoria's Jubilee procession and ox roast from a coach at 16 years old while recovering from scarlet fever. Cool!
The victorians were famous for embellishing everything, no matter how humble it's purpose and this is an example. This is a bread fork. The idea was that bread was an important part of a meal but manners dictated fingers could not be used. So they developed a fancy fork to take the bread or roll and transfer it to the bread plate. This particular on is of silver plate with a very pretty design. The bread fork measures 5 inches long and is 2 inches wide. There were actually a specialized utensil for almost every food, and there are probably hundreds of collectors for each type!
Victorian specialty silver table items are actually quite hard to find and I was thrilled to find this example in England last buying trip. You can see more photos at Time Was Antiques.
We had our son and daughter-in-law here from Utah for the last week and had a great time. Did walks around here enjoying the fall color and had some special meals together at favorite restaurants, like Sawadee Thai in Sequim and Chestnut Cottage in Port Angeles. Had a great card game one night...I actually won! Woo Hoo!!!
Heading to church this morning to celebrate with the body of Christ. Have a great day!