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Nom de l'objet : fork
Type de l'objet : kitchen tool
Catégorie de l'objet : Tools & Equipment for Materials
Sous-catégorie de l'objet : food service T&E
Discipline : History
Matériaux : metal, steel
Numéro d'accession : 2005_091
Description : stained wooden handle, attached to tines with 3 metal pins through handle; 4 tines, middle tine slightly longer; 'STEEL' stamped on underside of base of tines.

Previous number:
lost number12
Commentaires : By the early-19th century stores in York and Kingston were advertising goods such as 'table and dessert knives and forks, table knives with ivory, stag and black horn handles'.

The two- or three-pronged forks used by early-19th century settlers were not curved, and were more suited to holding meat while it was cut than lifting it to the mouth. Eating directly from the knife was customary, and most settlers would have had their own knife from pocket or sheath and a pewter spoon. There was some debate over this point of etiquette, however, and some books stated that it was wrong to put a knife in the mouth. In 1838, though, Mrs. Farrar wrote 'The Young Ladies' Friend', which advised that 'If you wish to imitate the French or English, you will put everything in your mouth with your fork, but if you think as I do that Americans have as good a right to their own fashions as the inhabitants of any other country, you may choose the convenience of feeding yourself with your right hand armed with a steel blade; and provided you do it neatly, and do not put in large mouthfuls or close your lips tight over the blade, you ought not to be considered as eating ungenteely [sic].'
source: Minhinnick, Jeanne, "At Home In Upper Canada". Clarke, Irwin & Company Limited, Toronto, 1983, p.33-4, 49.
Longueur : 17.9
Largeur : 1.8
Profondeur : 2.4
Unité de mesure linéaire : cm
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