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park1226

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iconnumber posted 04-27-2008 05:35 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for park1226     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
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Hello,

I am an avid collector and have posted periodically in the past especially when I find something new/unique to share.

I do not know what the intended use or pattern is of the item I have pictured. My first thought was food pusher but the blade is too small, rectangular.It measures 1" x 0.5". The piece is only 3 3/4" long. The base is also concave unlike most food pushers I have seen. It can stand upright and is stable. It is marked with the Gorham lion, anchor, and G and the number 11. There is a crab on the base where the handle attaches and a fish-like creature wrapped at the end of the handle. It is compressed more like a "slug". My second thought is that it might be a place card holder? Any help that forum members can provide would be most appreciated. I have found a Gorham pattern #11 used by one of the major matching services but the picture did not match this item.

Thank you.

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Dale

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iconnumber posted 04-27-2008 08:30 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Dale     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
My guess is that this is a sewing item, used to hold fabric steady when stiching.

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Richard Kurtzman
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iconnumber posted 04-27-2008 08:56 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Richard Kurtzman     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I believe that your first guess is correct and that it is a food pusher. There is nothing wrong with the size. As far as it being concave that's alright too.

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park1226

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iconnumber posted 04-27-2008 09:32 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for park1226     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Dale & Richard,

Thank you both for your reply. I am curious as to the use of a crab and fish motifs on a child's food pusher. From our modern perspective they do not seem very child-friendly. The crab looks rather scary almost spider-like. Any thoughts as to whether this is from a line pattern?

Thanks.

Park

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Kimo

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iconnumber posted 04-28-2008 09:34 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Kimo     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
A food pusher sounds good.

The only other guess I have is a detachable handle for a circular dish. There is a style of serving ware where a handle slides up into a slot on the side of the dish/pot/whatever so that it may be brought to the table - then it is slid back down to take the handle away so the dish sits on the table without a awkward handle getting in the way of things on the table. The plain curved rectangular end might fit on the edge of such an serving piece - following the curvature of the dish.

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Dale

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iconnumber posted 04-28-2008 11:24 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Dale     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
There is also a piece used to move ramekins from the serving tray to an individual plate. Usually they are European.

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