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Antique Silverplate Pea Forks - Set of 6

Antique Silverplate Pea Forks - Set of 6

$125.00

"I eat my peas with honey; 
I've done it all my life. 
It makes the peas taste funny, 
But it keeps them on the knife."

~ Anonymous

The challenge to eat peas has been a source of much dining consternation ever since we evolved from eating with our hands to using utensils! Indeed it has been said that eating peas with a fork was like eating soup with a knitting needle. Should peas be mashed first and then scooped up with a fork? Should they be eaten with a spoon? Is it proper to use mashed potatoes as a "glue" to hold the peas on your fork? Try as you might, peas are sure to just roll right off the fork!

Well, leave it to the Victorians to find a solution to the pea dining dilemma! Famously, the Victorians had knives, forks, and spoons for every conceivable comestible. There were bouillon, cream-soup, and aspic spoons, tea and (smaller) coffee spoons, egg spoons, grapefruit spoons, marrow spoons, and melon spoons; lobster forks, fruit forks, salad forks, ice-cream forks, strawberry forks, snail forks, sardine forks and...pea forks.

In appearance, somewhere between a spoon and a fork, the Victorian pea fork has been designed with grooves that hold those rolly-polly peas neatly in place. Expertly crafted by the venerable Elkington Silversmiths of England, these exquisite forks are date code stamped with their year of manufacture: 1867.

Curious and storied, this magnificent set of 6 Victorian Pea Forks are certain to a beloved addition to your cutlery collection.


Strictly one-of-a-kind and subject to prior sale. In excellent restored condition. Forks measure 8" in length.

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