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Soldier's Folding Combination Fork/Spoon, as in Gettysburg Museum


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This is another nice piece being offered, it is a Civil War Combination Spoon/Fork Eating Utensil. It measures 4 ¾” in its current closed position. The spoon is brass and the fork is iron. The soldier carved his initials into the wood with “AW”.

There are numerous examples in Civil War Artifacts – A Guide for the Historian, by Howard Crouch, Excavated Artifacts from Battlefields and Campsites of the Civil War, by Stanley Phillips, and in The Civil War Collectors Encyclopedia, by Francis Lord.

Lord states “Among the many devices to catch the money of the soldiers, a few were really valuable. One of these was an ingenious combination of knife, fork, and spoon which when not in use, could be folded up into small compass and carried in the haversack or pocket. Many soldiers bought them despite the fact that the government supplied eating utensils. One soldier bought a knife-fork-spoon combination even though his mother had fitted him out with cutlery. This turned out to be the best of all his investments, doing him good service long after the pretty knife and fork his mother gave him had gone the way of all things in the Army”.

I have examples of these eating utensils in my books “Battle of Gettysburg – The Relics, Artifacts and Souvenirs” and “The Civil War Soldier – His Personal Items”. They are also in the Gettysburg National Museum (see pictures). This is a very nice piece and is still tight.

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