The picture below illustrates a popular variation called the "pierced tablespoon". You may also see this referred to as a "slotted spoon".
Unfortunately, other pieces frequently are misidentified as tablespoons. A common example is the oval soup spoon.
We think a set should contain several tablespoons of both varieties. Special meals such as Thanksgiving dinner will require many serving pieces; tablespoons will prove to be the most versatile. If you are looking for used tablespoons on sites like eBay, here are some pointers:
- In addition to searching for "tablespoon", try also "serving spoon" and "table spoon".
- When searching for a "pierced tablespoon", try also "pierced spoon", "slotted spoon" and "slotted tablespoon".
- Check the length of an advertised piece to make sure it is identified correctly. If the length is not listed, contact the seller.
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