In the late 19th century grand garden parties were the rage for the well to do, especially on the lawns of the grand homes at Newport. The hostesses of these affairs were always sure to serve cold dishes to their guests. On the menu were cold meats, pate de foie gras, cold fishes (such as salmon), and other delicacies of the times. To serve these delights, there were sterling pieces such as the Pate Knife and Pate Spreader.
The knives actually have a scooped end with a flared blades which makes them quite attractive. Both the spreaders and the knives can be very practical pieces for the modern day hostess, even on the days she is not hosting the grand garden party with foie gras.
(Pate Knife in American Beauty by Manchester 6 inches)
(Pate Knife shown in Mount Vernon by Lunt 6 inches)
(Pate Spreader shown Versailles by Gorham 4 1/2 inches)
(Pate Spreader shown Marquis by Whiting 4 5/8 inches)