You'll Never Guess What You Use This Silverware For (Slideshow)

Find out what vintage items like a jelly trowel and bread fork look like

Jelly Trowel

If you love jelly on your toast or PB&J, you need to know about the jelly trowel. It’s like a fancy spoon used to scoop jelly. Sure you could just use a teaspoon or a knife, but this is the proper way to serve jelly.

Bread Fork

Back in the day you couldn't even think about grabbing a dinner roll with your bare hands! You'd need a bread fork, the utensil from the 1800’s and early 1900’s that was used during a formal luncheon or dinner to serve bread. 


Without a crumber, how else would you have removed crumbs from your table? You can still buy vintage crumbers or pick up a new one from the company that has the patent on the cleaning tool. 

Grape Shears

Long ago, eating grapes inivolved more than just washing them and popping them in your mouth. Proper etiquette dictated you should have used grape scissors to politely clip the grapes you intended to eat from the bunch. These scissors are also called grape shears

Cake Breaker

Who knew you needed a cake breaker to slice your favorite dessert? This utensil looks a lot like a large comb and it smoothly cuts through cakes, especially angel food cakes, without squishing the sweet treat.

Food Pusher

This is one interesting piece of silverware. Food Pushers were common in Victorian society when it was rude for anyone, even children, to touch food with their hands. Kids were given food pushers to help them rake their dinner onto their fork. 

Bon Bon Spoon

Licking your fingers while touching bon bons can be a messy, impolite thing to do. A bon bon spoon or scoop could've helped you scoop up your chocolates without fuss. 

Baked Potato Fork

If you’re wondering what the proper way to handle a baked potato was, you's need to invest in a baked potato fork. This serving tool features two long prongs, which was perfect for spearing and passing steaming hot baked potatoes.

Butter Pick

These tools, which aren’t very popular anymore, look like corkscrews at the end. Butter picks are a narrow utensil with a spiraled end and are ideal for picking up pats of butter.

Chocolate Muddler

Hot chocolate enthusiasts mayknow a chocolate muddler is used to stir chocolate from the bottom of the pot. These long utensils (about eight inches long, compared to five or six inch spoons) keep the chocolate from settling, which made for a well-mixed hot drink.