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iconnumber posted 05-24-2007 06:38 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for jersey     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Hello Wev!
In reading a book on early american silver I came across a 2 tine fork spoon combination called a sucket fork. My questions are: Do true sucket forks have the spoon at the other end, or just the fork? Are any other names given to them. Are they unique to America?
Thank you for your time.
Have a safe & wonderful holiday!

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iconnumber posted 05-25-2007 08:22 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for DB     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Sucket forks are very rare implements, having one teaspoon end and on the other a two-pronged fork. Ian Pickford (Silver Flatware) shows English examples dating to 1675 and I found a pair of American sucket forks in "Wordly Goods, The Art of Early Pennsylvania" page 196, lot 264. Sucket forks are still made in the 18th century, but seem to come out of fashion. I know a set of sucket forks, made by William Eley/William Fearn, dating to 1802, but have always thought that they were made to add to an existing older set.
Sucket forks are used to eat sweatmeat or candied fruit with syrup.

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iconnumber posted 05-25-2007 02:26 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for jersey     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
DB! Thank you kindly for your information!
I guess it will be on another quest trying to find one. I love examples of unusual flatware etc.
Enjoy the day!

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iconnumber posted 05-25-2007 02:29 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for wev     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Three makers in my project are known to have made sucket forks:
Boelen, Jacob
Kip, Jesse
Le Roux, Bartholomew

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