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Gold Splayds

May 30, 2012

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.




6 Comments leave one →
  1. Sharon permalink
    June 6, 2012 7:19 am

    One of the trendy object galleries in the rocks is selling the version which they call ‘sporks’ .. I kid you not. I grew up with spades and thought they were normal, and honestly, they are quite practical. Those gold ones would have been the ultimate wedding present.

    • Vanessa Berry permalink*
      June 14, 2012 11:13 am

      Anyone buying a spork from a gallery would be able to save some cash by first checking the op shop, how funny they are being sold as design objects now.
      I doubt I will see a set of gold splayds again, you are right, ultimate wedding present! I wish I had bought them now!

      • Sharon permalink
        June 16, 2012 11:04 am

        I ate with sporks the other night. Perfect for cake 😉

  2. Perriallyse permalink
    November 25, 2014 11:18 pm

    I am lucky enough to own 3 sets of gold plated splayds after collecting them over the years. I am yet to find the origin of them, even after contacting Splayds Australia. I’ve tried for years, but no one can tell me any more about them. They are gorgeous…just wish I could find out the origin. 🙂

    • Vanessa Berry permalink*
      November 26, 2014 9:09 am

      What a mystery! Hopefully one day you will find the answer. They must have been a special edition, I’ll keep my eye out if I’m ever looking through vintage magazines, in case there’s an ad or something like that.

    • Glen permalink
      February 3, 2015 7:25 pm

      3 sets!! Would you sell one? ive been looking for a set for Years!

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