Is this a piece of Silverware?

Discussion in 'Antique Discussion' started by HippAntiques, Mar 29, 2020.

  1. HippAntiques

    HippAntiques Well-Known Member

    We found this going through a box of stuff. We're wondering what it was, and what it was used for. My husband was thinking nut pick, but wasn't sure. It measures 4 3/4 in long. getPart-6.jpg getPart-4.jpg getPart-4.jpg getPart-5.jpg getPart-3.jpg getPart.jpg

    Anyone know? Or, it's age? Thanks!
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  2. gregsglass

    gregsglass Well-Known Member

    Looks like a butter pick. For picking up small squares of butter.
  3. Bakersgma

    Bakersgma Well-Known Member

    I think a nut pick may be more likely than butter, but not 100%.
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  4. Bakersgma

    Bakersgma Well-Known Member

    The pattern is Lorne, 1878.
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  5. Bakersgma

    Bakersgma Well-Known Member

    Since it is rather damaged, it's hard to think of it as saleable for much.
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  6. Shangas

    Shangas Underage Antiques Collector and Historian

    It looks like it says "A1" on the shaft, which would be electroplate.

    And it's a lobster-pick:

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  7. Bakersgma

    Bakersgma Well-Known Member

    You're right that it is electroplated, but your "lobster picks" have little v-shaped grooves in the pointy end that this piece does not have.
  8. Bakersgma

    Bakersgma Well-Known Member

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  9. HippAntiques

    HippAntiques Well-Known Member

    Thanks! You say it's damaged- is it bent?

    I looked up butter picks, like Greg mentioned, and they were all 2 pronged.

    Looks like our guess of a nut pick may have been right. Thanks for all of the info!
  10. SBSVC

    SBSVC Well-Known Member

    Pick for nuts.... Here's a full nutcracker set:
    nutcracker set.jpg
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  11. antidiem

    antidiem Well-Known Member

    Thanks, Shangas! I was going to say it looks like a crab pick because we use 'em for crabs, we don't have lobsters down south! ;)
  12. clutteredcloset49

    clutteredcloset49 Well-Known Member

    It's a nut pick.
    However, I have used them for crab as well.
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  13. blooey

    blooey Well-Known Member

    @antidiem I wish you hadn't mentioned crab as I sure could eat a nice crab right now ...not a chance in present circumstances though ..:bored::rolleyes:
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  14. DragonflyWink

    DragonflyWink Well-Known Member

    From the 1886 Meriden Britannia catalog:


  15. Bakersgma

    Bakersgma Well-Known Member

    Yes - the pick part has been bent out of its normal shape - the next to last picture (the one before the one of the mark) shows a rather awkward bend near the end that was probably a result of someone trying to use it for some other purpose (like a hardware tool, instead of a nut pick.)
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  16. Aquitaine

    Aquitaine Is What It IS! But NEVER BORED!

    And your's, @SBSVC, is exactly what we have always called 'lobster pickers and crackers'!!!!!
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  17. HippAntiques

    HippAntiques Well-Known Member

    I'm sure they could be used for that. But, I think they're originally nut sets. This is a nut bowl that was my husband's Grandfather's. As you can see, it's become a catch-all, for other things besides nuts. LOL But, the tools are the same as the ones in SBSVC's pic. getPart.jpg
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  18. antidiem

    antidiem Well-Known Member

    cool set, HippAntiques! And I've seen that wood bowl before with the holes and never knew what was supposed to go in the holes! Thanks!
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  19. HippAntiques

    HippAntiques Well-Known Member

    Thanks! We once had nuts in it, but our cat thought they were fun to hunt. We kept finding them all over the house, because he'd sneak them out, and play with them. LOL It's always fun having a piece that's been in the family. This is on our coffee table.
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  20. Joe in PA

    Joe in PA Art Pottery & Antiques dealer & lifelong collector

    How many nuts would a nut pick pick if a nut pick could pick nuts? :angelic:
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