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Tuesday, November 3, 2009

Question About Ice Cream Forks

Ice cream fork and spoon from a 1914 Gorham
document describing the Chantilly pattern

A blog reader has sent us some questions about ice cream forks. Basically, she wants to know the history of such pieces and their status. For example, do sterling flatware manufacturers still make them and if not, when did they stop?

I don't have the detailed answers the reader seeks. We'll appreciate comments or emails from anyone who has facts on this topic. Thanks to any who respond.

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Anonymous said...

In Strasbourg(Chantilly Sister) they still make the forks $109 retail. Spoons are no longer made by Gorham and are HTF

Anonymous said...

Good morning:

I have seen ice cream forks remaining available for order from several manufacturers, Gorham and several Italian firms.
One should attempt to sample using one of these utensils for acquiring.

I own a dozen Gotham Chantilly, and another dozen Tuttle Pantheon sets. I still cannot imagine why they are equipped with three fork tines. Lacking care, you can give your tongue a nasty poke. Perhaps they were intended as a dieting aid, or a means of portion control for children.

They are, however, very useful eating Tutti Fruiti or Black Cherry Ice Cream. Also, very useful with a frozen dessert or frozen Tira Misu.

Robert Johnston, Thamesville-on-the-Thames. Canada