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Artificer 
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10-05-18 12:40 PM - Post#1705695    


Found out about Sucket Forks when I was looking for information on other period forks.

OK, I admit it. Back in the mid 1990's, I purchased a Blacksmith made Spork (combination Spoon and Fork) when I was getting back into 18th century reenacting and didn't know they were not correct for the period. Good thing it didn't cost too much and I quickly found out I didn't like using it anyway.

However, there was a combination Spoon and Fork called a "Sucket Fork" that went back into the 17th century and might still have been found in High Status homes in the Colonies as late as the Mid to 3rd Quarter of the 18th century.

For those interested in seeing one and finding out more, here's a good link:
https://www.mfa.org/collections/object/sucket-fork-one-of-a-...

Gus

 
Claude 
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Claude
10-05-18 01:07 PM - Post#1705696    

    In response to Artificer

"Suckets" were fruits, such as prunes or raisins preserved in a thick syrup. A sucket fork was used to pluck the fruit, then eat the syrup with the spoon.


 
Artificer 
Cannon
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10-05-18 01:56 PM - Post#1705707    

    In response to Claude

Indeed.

Even though these Sucket Forks are period correct, it is pretty doubtful most of us would use such a thing in a period persona, unless perhaps one portrays a British Soldier in the AWI who may have "lifted" one from a house of a wealthy Patriot.

Of course one might have a bit of ribald fun by making a show of digging through one's gear and continually saying, "Got to get the sucket. Where's the Sucket?" Think I had better stop there for this family friendly forum......

Gus


 
Native Arizonan 
54 Cal.
Posts: 1606
10-07-18 11:25 AM - Post#1705966    

    In response to Artificer

  • Artificer Said:
Found out about Sucket Forks when I was looking for information on other period forks.

OK, I admit it. Back in the mid 1990's, I purchased a Blacksmith made Spork (combination Spoon and Fork) when I was getting back into 18th century reenacting and didn't know they were not correct for the period. Good thing it didn't cost too much and I quickly found out I didn't like using it anyway.

However, there was a combination Spoon and Fork called a "Sucket Fork" that went back into the 17th century and might still have been found in High Status homes in the Colonies as late as the Mid to 3rd Quarter of the 18th century.

For those interested in seeing one and finding out more, here's a good link:
https://www.mfa.org/collections/object/sucket-fork-one-of-a-...

Gus



Interesting link. I noticed upon looking though it, that they had several silver forks from the around 1830 that looked just like silver forks of today, four prongs and all.

 
Artificer 
Cannon
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10-07-18 01:24 PM - Post#1705993    

    In response to Native Arizonan

Then you may find this interesting as well. (Pardon me, but the site doesn't seem to like direct links.)

For a four tined silver fork ca. 1698-1699 that looks very much like modern ones, go to this link:
http://emuseum.history.org/

Type in "fork" in the quick search menu.

Go to page 5 and click on the center bottom Photo.

Fine Silver forks had 3 and even 4 tines much earlier than many people think.

Gus

 
Loyalist Dave 
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Loyalist Dave
10-09-18 07:49 AM - Post#1706200    

    In response to Artificer

"Sucket to me, Sucket to me, Sucket to me."

<Rowan and Martin Laugh-in Reference>


LD

 
Native Arizonan 
54 Cal.
Posts: 1606
10-09-18 12:15 PM - Post#1706240    

    In response to Loyalist Dave

  • Loyalist Dave Said:
"Sucket to me, Sucket to me, Sucket to me."

<Rowan and Martin Laugh-in Reference>


LD



You're showing your age.

 
Artificer 
Cannon
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10-09-18 01:08 PM - Post#1706249    

    In response to Native Arizonan

He must have seen them as re-runs as it doesn't seem like he is old enough to have seen the live broadcasts?

Gus

 
Loyalist Dave 
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Loyalist Dave
10-09-18 06:53 PM - Post#1706279    

    In response to Artificer

I was five when it started and 11 when it went off the air....

LD

 
Artificer 
Cannon
Posts: 7872
10-09-18 08:39 PM - Post#1706299    

    In response to Loyalist Dave

I actually had to look it up, as I didn't remember it being on the air for that long. It seems it ran through 1973, though, and I didn't remember that. Of course when I went to Boot Camp in October 1971 and Infantry Training Regiment in early 1972, we weren't watching TV. Didn't watch a lot of TV when going through Armorers' OJT and a few months later, I got shipped to Okinawa where the one TV channel in English didn't show it, as I remember. So when I got back to the States, it was only reruns.

Funny how it was considered a bit "racy" at the time, compared to what's on TV now.

Gus

 
tenngun 
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tenngun
10-16-18 10:07 AM - Post#1707247    

    In response to Artificer

Racy, with the bikini clad girl and the off color humor, the smothers brothers too got kicked off air for pushing the envelope. Now of course they would be tame.
But
I watched blazing saddles the other day, I can’t imagine that done today.

 
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