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trefid2

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iconnumber posted 09-03-2019 10:56 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for trefid2     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
This is a reply to the post What is it?" which was originally posted Aug. 14/16 in the English/Irish sterling section.

I've recently come across a boxed set of 6 of the exact items on a UK website. Three appear to be hallmarked for 1907 and stamped "Prov Pat 20832" and three are hallmarked for 1908 and stamped "Pat No 20832 - 1907". It would appear a patent was indeed granted for this item. Interesting that Wev indicated that "Patent 20832 was granted for 'Food from yeast, Cattle or like' on Sept. 19, 1906 to J. Schmidt Burton-on-Trent".

The dealer has called them "sweetcorn holders", I've emailed him to see if this description is based on patent information or on personal opinion. A bit of a head scratcher.

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Kimo

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I would think that "sweetcorn holders" is perhaps the least likely to be true. The single tine would not hold the cob still - it would rotate uncontrolably making it impossible to eat corn off of a cob. One needs at least two tines to prevent such rotating. Using them to stab and then eat tiny morsels of some kind seems the most likely use for them to my thinking.

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Kimo, I don't think they're for corn either. The dealer replied that he had grown up with corn holders in the kitchen drawer and that they were quite common just not in silver.
All that to say it was his opinion and not based on patent information. If nothing else, I found it interesting to confirm in one boxed set that the item had moved from a "Prov Pat" to being granted a "Pat No".

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It may be time to try these out as corn on the cob is really good now. If they do not work as cob holders all is not lost as the as you will still have the good corn to eat.

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