Q: In 1945 I received six place settings of English “fish eaters.” They were a wedding gift from my aunt, who had owned the set since she got married. So the set is close to being “antique.” They’re marked, but I can’t read the mark, and they have bone or ivory handles. What do you think the set is worth?
A: A single set of fish eaters (also called “fish feeders”) is a matching fish knife and fish fork—utensils designed to use when eating fish. A fish knife’s blade is flat and does not have a sharp edge. It’s slightly curved on both sides—one side curved inward and the other out. A fish fork has three or four flat unsharpened tines, with the outer tines wider than the inner. A set of stainless steel fish eaters with plastic handles would sell for under $100. A set made of sterling with ivory or bone handles is worth several hundred dollars. Ask someone to try to read the maker’s mark for you. That may help determine value.