The Tea Fork, is the same shape as the Dinner fork just a tad smaller. The designed use was for cakes and scones when tea was served in the afternoon. You will also see them referred to as Breakfast Forks, used for the morning meal. Also, they may be called the Junior Fork. Here it is used for younger people who were too old for Baby forks but perhaps not seen as old enough to handle a full size Dinner Fork. And it would be improper to use a Luncheon fork at dinner, even though it is bit smaller, albeit a little larger than a Tea fork.
Virginiana by Gorham (6 inches)
Fontainebleau by Gorham (5 7/8 inches)
Nile by Wallace (6 1/8 inches)
Berain by Wallace
The Story Behind this Blog
Being from the South, Silver is a very big part of my life. It doesn't have anything to do with wealth. Although those with more money - old money, tend to have more of it. New money tend not to spend their money on Silver. They do not have the appreciation for the warmth of the metal, the beauty of the patina, the story it tells of the generations past who have used it. A true southern girl comes of age when she chooses her silver pattern, long before she chooses her mate. If she is smart, she chooses that of her mother, grandmother, or favorite great aunt who in their benevolence will pass their silver on to her. It is the pieces in those sets, the pieces on our tables, along with the pieces we find in the corners of the displays in antique stores that prompted me to start this blog. They are beautiful, they are odd, but what are they, and what in the hell do you do with them?