Nothing should ever be touched with one’s fingers. This was one of the principles behind Victorian dining etiquette and it resulted in a plethora of highly specialized utensils and serving pieces, including the Tomato Server, a decorative slotted/pierced spoon designed specifically for serving slices of fresh tomatoes.
Think on that a moment. Someone invented a spoon whose sole purpose is to transfer a tomato slice from a serving dish to your plate. Victorians were kind-of bonkers.
Tomato servers are wide and flat, designed to efficiently and oh-so-gorgeously lift individual fruit slices in a very refined and delicate manner. Their pierced, decorative holes allow excess juices to drain away. A regular ole’ spoon simply will not do, my dear. Pish posh.
While I have absolutely no patience for formality or hyper-vigilent Victorian conduct, I do love all things tomato. Knowing this as well what I am now referring to as a “random cutlery problem,” my friend Uli gifted me a beautiful piece just in time for the launch of tomato season. This particular silver plated piece by Rogers Bros stamped 1847 (research indicates it was made into the 1930s), is decorated with a tomato motif (called Adoration) that appears on the bowl and the handle. I’ve never seen one like it and now that I have one of these gorgeous utensils in my possession, I am afraid that the tomato server may become yet another thing that I collect, so help me god.