Dinner Tines

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March 23, 1997|By Elizabeth Large | Elizabeth Large,SUN STAFF

Once it was a sign of how well bred you were: whether you knew your asparagus fork from your dessert fork. That's surprising when you consider that the fork is the upstart of eating utensils, arriving relatively late on the dining scene. In medieval times, it was used in Europe only as a serving piece. While Italy adopted it for eating during the Renaissance, England really didn't accept the newfangled implement until the second half of the 17th century.

We no longer have separate forks for every sort of food; most place settings include only two, a dinner fork and a fork that can be used for salad or dessert. But look at what contemporary designers have done with these basic forms. Then forget practicality for a moment and admire some antique examples of fork art

Correction

In a recent item on MacKenzie-Childs Inc.'s new paper products, I said that a majolica mug from the designers could cost as much as $75. A company representative was quick to let me know that would be the cost of a mug (ital) and (unital) saucer. Mugs alone are no more than $50.

Home Front welcomes interesting tidbits of home and garden news. Please send suggestions to Elizabeth Large, Home Front, The Sun, 501 N. Calvert St., Baltimore 21278. Or fax to (410) 783-2519.

Pub Date: 3/23/97

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