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carlaz

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iconnumber posted 12-01-2004 04:06 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for carlaz     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Just out of curiosity, I am wondering if the piece type would change if the item is pierced or not? A few examples of this would be a Saratoga Chip server vs. a cracker scoop? A tomato server vs. a waffle server? A berry spoon vs. a pea spoon? An olive spoon vs. a piccalilli spoon?
Obviously, when these piece types were first introduced, the piercing served a function, example: A pea spoon without holes to drain the liquid seems rather silly to me. But through time, I realize that some of the piecing designs have become more of a decoration than a design function. I am just curious to hear other people's opinions.

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Paul Lemieux

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iconnumber posted 12-01-2004 04:17 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Paul Lemieux     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I don't think that pieces would be pierced on the functional end exclusively for decoration. Piercing did become more decorative as the 19th century wore on; often it was done in such a way that its design complemented the item's pattern. So, piercing came to assume more than just a functional purpose, but that functionality always remained its most basic object.

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carlaz

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iconnumber posted 12-01-2004 04:22 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for carlaz     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Thank you for the quick response! Pehaps I should be more specific here. Recently, I recieved a tomato server in Towle Old Colonial directly from the manufacturer. It was sealed in the original plastic bag, was clearly marked "TOMATO SERVER" yet it had no piercing. In the original catalog, the tomato server is pierced so why is it now appearing without any piercing? Is it just a production saving decision on Towle's part or did I get stuck with a 'second"?

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durginlover
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iconnumber posted 12-02-2004 08:59 AM           Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I have it very difficult to figure out the older original "Old Colonial" from the newer made. Boy, it would be easier if the manufacturer was leaving out such an important step such as piercing a tomato server to help keep the old pieces old and the new pieces new.

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Paul Lemieux

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iconnumber posted 12-02-2004 10:45 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Paul Lemieux     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I do not find new production of old flatware patterns to be of the same standard as original production. Perhaps because of expense issues they no longer go through with piercing some items. I would at least ask Towle for an explanation.

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