Wednesday, October 21, 2015

A little history of a Victorian red tomato server

During the Victorian era, you could find a serving piece for the table for just about anything.  Olive forks?  Got it.  Cake servers?  Yep, got that to.  But have you ever run across a red tomato server?

Vintage William Rogers Silverplate Red Tomato Server Marked Wm Rogers MFG Original Rogers 1920 LA FRANCE Pattern 

These items are great.  Tomato servers come in two different variations, one for red tomatoes and one for green.  Why in the world would you have a different one for each type of tomatoes?  It’s simple really when you think about it.  The red tomato servers have the openings built in for all the juice from the tomato to drain through the server and not onto your tablecloth.


The server for the green tomatoes doesn’t have the openings for the fact that the green tomato are not as messy and don’t need the openings.  You could even use the green tomato server for fried green tomatoes.


Currently in my Etsy shop, there is a red tomato server that was made by the William Rogers Company.  It’s made out of silver plate and sports the LA FRANCE pattern.  You can see the piece here.

The Victorian era truly did make a wide variety of serving pieces for the table.  What items have you run across?

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