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iconnumber posted 12-19-2005 04:54 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for wjpaul     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote

1. I collect Gorham Jefferson and have been unable to find individual fish knives and fish forks in this pattern. Does anyone know if such was ever made?

2. A more general fish flatware question. In many fine restaurants, particularly in France, but also NY, Chicago, etc., fish courses are served with a place setting that includes fish spoons. I have, in the last year, searched the web for either sterling patterns or fish sets that include individual fish spoons, but have come up empty on this. Does anyone have some knowledge or history on this good looking piece of flatware, and manufacturers who produce them?

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iconnumber posted 12-19-2005 10:24 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for William Hood     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
The "fish spoons" to which you refer are in reality "sauce spoons," for use with sauce in general and not necessarily confined to use with sauce accompanying fish. They have an almost flat bowl that facilitates scooping up of a thin layer of sauce on one's plate. I have an impression that these are of French origin and date from either just before or after World War II. I would appreciate more definitive comment from other readers.

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iconnumber posted 12-20-2005 12:35 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Kayvee     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Yes in France these are called sauce spoons and are provided with any saucy dish, most particularly fish, to aid the diner in scooping up all the last delicious drops of sauce. This is thought to be more refined than using a piece of bread to mop the plate. French flatware manufacturers make sauce spoons to match their patterns. Georg Jensen also makes them in the Acorn pattern. Don't know of any other makers who have them in their lines.

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iconnumber posted 12-20-2005 05:55 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for wjpaul     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Thanks to both of the repliers for their useful information. It looks like the French were first to a low carb no bread diet. I guess in the pattern I am collecting, the ice cream spoons, which have a nice flat bowl of the typoe used for sauce spoons, will now do double duty.

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