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cbc58

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iconnumber posted 10-17-2020 01:08 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for cbc58     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I have seen only one 18th century American fork offered for sale since starting to collect. Spoons are everywhere, but no forks.

Where did all the early forks go?

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There weren't any, but for a few rare exceptions. Forks did not become part of tableware until the middle of the 19th century and even then were considered an affectation for some time.

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iconnumber posted 10-20-2020 11:00 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for cbc58     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
well that explains it. thank you WEV.

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ahwt

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The fork had elements of the church against its use that slowed its acceptance.

On the other hand George Washington had forks and dessert forks at Mt. Vernon. President Washington was without a doubt a super consumer and had a marvelous collection of dining materials.

I have always had the feeling that Washington really became an advocate for the revolution because the business model of the colonies toward the King simply did not leave him enough money to buy all he wanted.

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iconnumber posted 10-21-2020 12:55 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for cbc58     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
thank you for posting that article. very interesting.

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