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iconnumber posted 08-18-2014 08:19 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for park1226     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I just purchased a set of 10 Wood&Hughes Melon fork/knives for my collection and wanted to share and practice uploading images. They are flat handled, 8 1/4" all sterling knives with engraved blades. The were retailed by the famous New York City Jeweler William Moir whose cast iron building is considered an architectural treasure that still stands on the corner of 23rd Street. The forks have the post 1871 hallmark and Moir New York retailer mark. I imagine they were designed for eating melon already removed from the rind. Somehow it would seem that using a separate knife and fork would have been more practical. I can not find any period etiquette books that reference how to properly use this fork. Any members have a period reference about the proper use of these?

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iconnumber posted 08-18-2014 11:40 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for ahwt     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
A melon fork is used when the melon is already cut up and a spoon is used before cutting.
Very interesting forks and I would imagine that the larger tines on the forks would make it easier to cut the melon into smaller pieces or at least it would suggest to the diner such use is appropriate.

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iconnumber posted 08-19-2014 07:24 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for doc     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Never seen these-I love them! Thanks for sharing.

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iconnumber posted 08-19-2014 08:43 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for park1226     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Thanks for your comments. I located a reference in the Hood Tiffany book on page 78 which states that this particular fork/knife combination was created around 1860 by a Frenchman, M. Parisot. I put one to the test this evening. The blade side opposite the notch on the top is thinner and sharp. It cuts the wedges of melon well. However, after a piece of melon is on the tines it is a bit peculiar to eat because of the design. The sensation is that you are putting a knife in your mouth. Took some getting used to.

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iconnumber posted 08-20-2014 08:58 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Polly     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Nice melon forks!

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