Purveyor of Bollocks to the Crowned Heads of Europe
Wednesday, 15 July 2015
The Fonz's haircut
Cro's grandson's (?) observations on forks got me thinking about spoons. The above is a 17th century one.
Somewhere, I have a silver 'spoon and pusher' set given to me as a Christening present when I was too young to even use it, let alone appreciate it.
I suppose children have to graduate from spoons to forks at some point when parents think they can be trusted to, but the spoon and knife was pretty much all you had laid on the table in Tudor times.
Mind you, they ate a lot of wet stuff in those days - pottages and the like. As far as I can tell, they cut bits of meat off with the same knife they skewered it with to eat, until someone came up with the fork.
17th century itinerants would often travel with a knife on their belts and a spoon in their hat-bands.
I have a friend who is an engineer. He has a dream which he confided in me one day, when he was on holiday and in the pub. He wants to re-design the knife and fork. He thinks it is long-overdue for a make-over.
He has been pondering on how to improve cutlery for many years now, but as yet has not come up with a single idea as to how it could be done.
Some people find it very hard to relax on holiday.