As an expert op shopper, sometimes I am fooled into thinking I have seen it all. Yet often I am surprised by the breadth of unusual objects that have been designed, manufactured, purchased, then discarded only to resurface in Vinnies.
It had been a long time since I came across a Splayd, the combination fork, spoon and knife invented in Sydney in the 40s as an aid to casual dining. My grandmother thought them ingenious and would often eat with one, and the last time I noticed a Splayd was when clearing out my grandparents’ house when it was being sold many years ago.
The Splayds my grandmother favoured were of the utilitarian, stainless steel variety. I’d never imagined them to come in any other form, especially not…
enrobed in 24 carat gold.
I can only imagine the gold Splayds were a consolation prize on Sale of the Century, hiding behind the Home Viewer, perhaps. Or a wedding or engagement present, as suggested on the insert:
The op shop had put $80 on them, which made me ponder the question: would I buy the gold Splayds if I had the means?*
When I returned a few days later and saw the Splayds had sold I tried to imagine the person who bought them, either as the ultimate kitsch wedding gift or perhaps in order to melt them down and make a gold tooth. It was hard to conceive of the kind of person who would spend $80 on gold Splayds, apart from someone who was like me but had more money to burn.
I should have bought them. Now when eating Crepes Suzettes in bed I feel like something is missing.