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Do you collect weird things?

  1. Sep 15, 2007 #1

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    Zz's food and wine category and my move reminded me of my bizarre culinary collection. I collect bizzare kitchenware such as a soup tureen that looks like a boar's head, complete with tusks, a chafing dish that looks like a duck, a pewter gravy boat that looks like a rabbit and sits on a lettuce leaf, a creamer that looks like a cow, you lift it by the tail and milk pours out of it's mouth and a teapot that has a brontosaurus head coming out of the side of a house, the tea pours out of the dinosaur's mouth. These are actually artisan pieces, I used to go to great lengths to find them, back when I had a life.

    I am thinking we must have other members that are into collecting "not so normal" things. I'd like to hear about them and please post pictures if you have them.

    edit: I forgot to mention the porcelain salt and pepper set of a cat wearing goggles sitting in a race car that looks like a fish. The Child of Evo was looking at this today and just shaking her head.

    My mother is the source of my fascination with odd kitchenware. I grew up with things like ceramic knife rests that looked like miniature vegetables. I thought everyone had ceramic knife rests, you placed your knife next to your plate at the table with the point resting on the uhm...vegetable, which kept the knife from soiling the tablecloth. And we had matching corn holders and corn boats.

    These are great.

    http://www.uncommongoods.com/item/item.jsp?itemId=14410&gclid=CM3B_bfRxo4CFSCTWAodt090wg

    These are corn boats, I grew up thinking you couldn't eat corn unless it was sitting in a special holder, corn was not allowed to touch your plate.

    http://www.amazon.com/PFALTZGRAFF-C...?ie=UTF8&s=home-garden&qid=1189899763&sr=8-42

    Oooh, these are cool knife rests, they're dragonflies. I need these. Who else has knife rests?

    http://www.macys.com/catalog/produc...inkshareID=jXot6eVeYJg-okomudfXVH9Px0LuLiD75w

    These are nice, I like Christofle.

    http://www.vivre.com/control/produc...ce=NextTag&utm_medium=PI&utm_campaign=Product

    Oh, and I have a set of cat pâté knives.
     
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  3. Sep 15, 2007 #2

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    I have never heard of knife rests, but I have seen chopstick rests.

    I like those combination knife rest and napkin rings. Very elegant.
     
  4. Sep 15, 2007 #3

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    I collect rocks, guns, knives, guitars, music (albums and CDs) and I facet gemstones, build fly-rods, repair guitars and restore/fix tube amplifiers as hobbies. I don't think any of this is weird, but some could disagree.
     
  5. Sep 15, 2007 #4
    I used to collect things but now I dont. I think collecting things is not healthy and indicate psychological problems.
     
  6. Sep 15, 2007 #5

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    :rofl: Ok, but I don't think it's odd to buy things that you enjoy. Why would you buy things that you don't like?

    When I was little the grocery store had a dinosaur album and every week you could buy a stamp of a dinosaur to paste in the album. There were only about 20 known dinosaurs when I was little. :uhh:
     
  7. Sep 15, 2007 #6
    I used to collect things alot when I was younger, A LOT. Now ever time I see people collecting things I cringe and say to myself why? Theres just no need to collect stuff.
     
  8. Sep 15, 2007 #7
    I collected stamps when I was in third grade, but since then I haven't collected anything. I agree with Cyrus, I don't see the point.
     
  9. Sep 15, 2007 #8

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    If you don't collect stuff, you won't have anything to dust.

    My weird kitchen stuff I actually use. I used to love throwing dinner parties so I could use all the cool things. The crystal and china I just enjoy looking at. It's like art, why buy a painting when it just hangs on your wall? Because you enjoy looking at it.
     
  10. Sep 15, 2007 #9

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    I also collected stamps when I was little, my favorite was a huge gorilla stamp from the Congo my uncle sent me when he lived there. I can still remember being fascinated by so many of the stamps. I don't regret any of the things I collected because I learned so much from doing it. Now days kids sit in front of video games and learn nothing about the world around them.
     
  11. Sep 15, 2007 #10
    Stamps, among other things that they are, are small pieces of art (old ones are engravings, new ones are photo-lithographs). and They take you other parts of the world.
     
  12. Sep 15, 2007 #11

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    I had never heard of knife rests before, but I really like the idea. I'm always torn about what to do with my knife when in a restaurant. Once it has been used, if you prop it on your plate, the server is likely to carry it off with the plate when they pick up the dishes from the first course, leaving you knifeless for the rest of the dinner, but if you don't prop it on the plate, you're being equally gauche about leaving a dirty knife on the table cloth. A knife rest solves that entire dilemma. I guess a chopstick rest, as MIH mentioned, could serve the same purpose, I just never considered it before.
     
  13. Sep 15, 2007 #12

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    I've collected tennis balls, cleats and cat whiskers. But I don't think those are weird.

    I gave the tennis balls to the local elementary school so they cut put on the legs of chairs so they could slide quietly on the tile floor. It also prevents scratching of the tiles.

    I collect whiskers of our cats when I find them.

    I still have my cleat collection. :biggrin:
     
  14. Sep 15, 2007 #13
    MB---there are people who just collect antique knife rests--I think they've been around since the 1700's. They really made a bunch of them from the 1860's to the 1910's.
     
  15. Sep 15, 2007 #14

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    Knife rests are a relic from the golden age of dining that have fallen out of popular use, which is odd since they serve such a practical function.

    I have to admit that even though I grew up with them, I had forgotten about them until this move. It's like an archaeological dig, I keep finding ancient artifacts. :biggrin:
     
  16. Sep 15, 2007 #15

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    Yes, that's the era to which I was referring. I'm impressed with your knowledge. I also have antique crystal salt cellars with silver spoons. We used them all of the time when I grew up, we didn't use salt shakers at the table on formal occasions.

    Astronuc, you get a thumbs up for the cat whiskers, even I had never considered that.
     
  17. Sep 15, 2007 #16

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    What is a "salt cellar"?
     
  18. Sep 15, 2007 #17

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    So, where do you place them when setting a table? Do you prop the knife on them, or put them near the tip somewhere? I'm game for instructing my guests on their use (they'd probably get as much of a kick out of the idea as I do), but would want to do it right so they'd learn properly if I'm going to use them at all. This sounds like something I would have fun buying. Y'know, it would be really fun if someone made a matching wineglass charm and knife rest so your guests could match their glass to the rest to find their seat (a new twist on an old theme)...and would be really interesting for seating arrangements...for some types of parties, having people randomly assigned to seats that way would really be fun for inspiring mingling among those who don't yet know each other. :smile:
     
  19. Sep 15, 2007 #18

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    Basically, a little bowl of salt and a tiny spoon (about the same size, or maybe a bit smaller, than a demitasse spoon). You use the spoon to sprinkle salt on your food instead of a shaker. My mom did have those, but we rarely used them.
     
  20. Sep 15, 2007 #19

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    You set them at the top right of the dinner plate. When I set the table, I placed the knife on the rest. I may need to dig out my old Emily Post book to see if that is correct. Yes, I actually own a copy.

    Edit: looks like you set the table with them propped.

    http://www.erasofelegance.com/acatalog/kniferests.html

    Oh, now that sounds like a great idea! I wonder if anyone has thought of that?
     
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