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park1226

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iconnumber posted 05-25-2007 05:29 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for park1226     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
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Good afternoon,

I have been an avid collector of unusual serving pieces for 30 years. I frequently visit and periodically post when I find a new and unusual piece to share.

I am not sure what the intended use for this Alvin Bridal Rose serving piece is?

It is 7 1/4" long and has the appropriate old Alvin A trademark.The functional end is 2 1/2" X 1 1/2". It is pierced and has two bent tabs on the top.

I have not been able to locate a similar piece in any of my reference books. I suspect that it might be a form of a bacon server? The length is similar to my bacon forks but this is designed without tines. This is extremely heavy and gives no indication as to being a hand crafted piece.

Thank you for your assistance.

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21Kimball

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iconnumber posted 05-26-2007 10:09 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for 21Kimball     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Methinks you have a server for asparagus spears in hand, and a very lovely one at that

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park1226

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iconnumber posted 05-26-2007 12:32 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for park1226     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Thanks for you reply. The scant 1/4" between the tabs and the pierced bottom does not lend it self to asparagus spears. I actually tried it and even the smallest were too large. The dealer that sold it to me thought cheese server for flat cut cheese. Whatever the intended use the item would have to have been less that a 1/4" inch thick to slip under and be secured by the top tabs. Perhaps someone has an old Bridal Rose catalog for a definitive identification. Thanks again for your thoughts. I enjoy these forums immensely.p

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Kimo

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iconnumber posted 05-29-2007 08:41 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Kimo     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
It looks as if it would work equally well for pretty much anything that is served in thin slices including all kinds of meats, fish, vegetables, fruits, etc.

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21Kimball

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iconnumber posted 05-29-2007 09:06 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for 21Kimball     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Curiouser and curiouser--which is part of the fun of course. If it wasn't for the tabs I would have said petits fours server; I can't quite though think of it as a sterling server for pre-sliced cheeses; the two just seem to have such different realms. smile

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dragonflywink

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iconnumber posted 05-29-2007 09:19 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for dragonflywink     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Sardines?

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DB

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iconnumber posted 05-29-2007 09:37 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for DB     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
This is an implement to lift and serve hot plates - this item comes mostly in silverplate, because the item has to be substantial to support the weight of the plate.

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Kimo

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iconnumber posted 05-29-2007 10:02 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Kimo     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Thanks DB! Now that you mention hot plate handle that makes a great deal of sense for the purpose of the tabs. It also explains the curve to the edge in the flat part of it - to fit around the curvature of a plate.

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park1226

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iconnumber posted 05-29-2007 11:34 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for park1226     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Thanks DB,
I must admit that I was skeptical so I put the server to the test and it works perfectly and effortlessly with any variety or size of our china. The plates remain amazingly level. I have never seen or read about such a piece can you direct me to a reference? Turner?
Thanks so much. Park

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