Pastry forks have become forgotten pieces in modern flatware sets. Today the standard small fork is both salad fork and dessert fork. Antique pastry forks, like these, have unique tines with one larger crust cutting tine and only 3 tines total versus 4 tines in a modern dessert fork. Circa 1905, this pattern is Leonora from the WR Keystone Silver Company. I picked up this charming set of 4 forks at a yard sale. It always amazes me what a little silver polish can do for old, dirty, tarnished silver...they are just beautiful.
With the holidays approaching vintage flatware is the perfect hostess gift. Consider, when taking a pie or dessert to a holiday dinner party, tying a vintage pie server or pastry forks to the top of the bakery box. Even if you bake your own pies invest in nice bakery boxes. Tie the box with festive ribbons and add the forks or server into the bow. This is an unforgettable token that will make a lasting impression. It is little details like this that tell your host & hostess how honored you are to be welcomed into their home.