Strange fork.

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paulh
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Strange fork.

Postby paulh » Thu Mar 21, 2019 7:54 am

I have just acquired this rather strange for. It is silver plated, by Henry Fielding of Birmingham. It is table fork size The head has short sharp tines and is quite deeply dished. It also has an odd oval hole before the wings on the shaft. The close up picture shows evidence of knife cut marks.

I could speculate forever what it may be for, but if anyone would care to give an opinion or even better a definite identification it would be very much appreciated.

Paul.
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Re: Strange fork.

Postby dognose » Thu Mar 21, 2019 10:02 am

Hi Paul,

Surely the most inefficient masher ever invented!

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H.Fielding - Birmingham - 1893

Source: Patents for Inventions: Abridgments of Specifications - 1899

It must be a rare piece, I cannot see that it sold in great numbers.

Trev.

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Re: Strange fork.

Postby paulh » Thu Mar 21, 2019 1:02 pm

Hello Trev,
Thanks for plumbing the depths of your library. I would not have thought of a masher. The bend in the bowl is just not deep enough to get any real mashing action going. Also it is of such a size that it would be difficult to tackle anything bigger than a pea! I suppose a good soft potato in gravy would mash under the bowl and possibly even squirt up through the hole.I will try it out but I don't hold out much hope. Maybe I will film the experiment and be the next Youtube sensation!

Thanks again.
Paul.

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Re: Strange fork.

Postby paulh » Thu Mar 21, 2019 7:01 pm

I tried it and it is absolutely useless. I hope that the one I have is a prototype because I cannot believe that they would put such a useless article into full production.


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