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iconnumber posted 12-18-2009 01:47 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for vathek     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I just got this coin salad set by Cornelius Sullivan & Co. of St. Louis.

The 'fork' has exactly the same profile as the spoon (8") and although the 'fork' looks professionally done my thoughts are this is too early for a salad set and the fork looks like an altered spoon. On the other hand why not use the same template for both as it would be cheaper?

Thoughts appreciated.


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iconnumber posted 12-18-2009 03:00 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for wev     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I have seen any number of these in shops and at table. Mostly it's just updating pieces for modern use, but occasionally an attempt to pass a "rarity" off on the uninitiated.

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iconnumber posted 12-18-2009 04:06 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for vathek     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Thanks for the reply Wev. Fortunately for me this was sold as silverplate and I like having a St. Louis table spoon.

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iconnumber posted 12-18-2009 07:14 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Marc     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Hi there Vathek,

Neat pieces!.. They were both once soup spoons, and though one still (officially) is, the other is now a pierced serving spoon. We now use spoons this size to serve with.

In the 19th c. they were place pieces, which is why there are so many of them around.

And it is nice to know that there are still bargains out there.

And yes, they will work well as a salad set.


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iconnumber posted 12-18-2009 07:49 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for vathek     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Thanks Marc, they're actually of good weight, about equivalent of similar English pieces so they must have belonged to a fairly well off family.

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iconnumber posted 12-30-2009 09:26 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Ulysses Dietz     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
here is a salad set I inherited, clearly made of two table spoons, cleverly reworked for the early 20th-century consumer.

Nice quality bright cut engraving, and full sets of marks on the back.

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