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TOASTING FORK

Toasting fork is a type of implement for holding a slice of bread to be toasted before an open fire.
It has usually a wooden haft, about 75 to 100 cm long, fitted with a ferrule into which is fixed a fork having two or three long tines. Sometimes there is a hook attached to the ferrule by which to hang the fork when not in use or a suspensory ring at the end of the haft.

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Examples are known from the 16th century but such pieces became popular in the 18th century.
A variant form, called toaster, has no tines to hold the slice but a U-shaped rack into which the slice is suspended.
In the 19th century examples were made with a telescopic handle having three or four slides so as to reduce the length when not in use.
A wide article about silver toasting forks written by Dorothea Burstyn is available in ASCAS website
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