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Posted 2 years ago

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vetraio50
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From the shed came a dozen of these "Party Pieces". Australian kitsch! They have been lurking in the drawer of the shed with some other silver and silver-plated items. These Party Pieces are a form of a 'sporf' - a single eating utensil combining the properties of a spoon, fork, and knife.

Australia loves 'sporfs'!

The name "sporf" is a similar 'portmanteau' to that of other combination utensils:
spife - a spoon and knife combination
spork - a spoon and fork combination
knork - a knife and fork combination
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sporf

I have normal eating utensils (several sets indeed) but I have enough 'sporfs' to fill up the the dish-washer basket on their own.

The origins of these Party Pieces were a mystery just resolved today with a bit of research into a Melbourne, Australia Company called "K.G. Luke Pty Ltd."

This company was founded by a famous Melbournian "Sir Kenneth Luke (11 November 1896 - 13 June 1971) a self-made millionaire manufacturer and a leading Australian rules football administrator in the Victorian Football League (VFL). He was president of the VFL between 1956 and 1971 and president of the Carlton Football Club from 1938 to 1955." Wikipedia.

Sir Kenneth began a silver-plating firm that produced wares that were ubiquitous here in Australia in the post-war years: "Paramount" Plate. My mother had tons of it! She received a lot of it as wedding presents and bored with cleaning the silver-plate had it all chromed in the sixties!

These pieces have all the colours of a Carousel on their handles. I just enjoy the attempt at being contemporary in the early seventies when I believe these were made. They look vaguely Scandinavian - vaguely! I have not yet been able to find out the name of the designer. A work in progress!

K.G. Luke Pty Ltd. electro plate manufacturers factory, 28-58 Queens Parade, Fitzroy North, Melbourne, Australia.

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  1. vetraio50 vetraio50, 2 years ago
    Many thanks czechman!
  2. vetraio50 vetraio50, 2 years ago
    Many thanks inky!
  3. vetraio50 vetraio50, 2 years ago
    Many thanks Marc112!
  4. AmberRose AmberRose, 2 years ago
    We call them "sporks" here. Again, time to throw a dinner party this time with a kitch theme!
  5. vetraio50 vetraio50, 2 years ago
    Thanks mate Bellin and mate Amber too!
  6. vetraio50 vetraio50, 2 years ago
    Many thanks purpledog!
  7. vetraio50 vetraio50, 2 years ago
    Thanks yet again miKKo and Hunter too!
  8. vetraio50 vetraio50, 2 years ago
    Many thanks Vol de Nuit!
  9. vetraio50 vetraio50, 1 year ago
    Many thanks mustangT!
  10. bratjdd bratjdd, 1 year ago
    Ok Amber I still want to join the party Lol!!!
    Beautiful vetraio50 Thanks for sharing them
  11. vetraio50 vetraio50, 1 year ago
    Many thanks bratjdd!
  12. vetraio50 vetraio50, 2 months ago
    Many thanks AGHCOLLECT!

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