Maura  Graber, Director of  The R.S.V.P. Institute of Etiquette, began  collecting odd dining implements in 1990 as a way of making her etiquette classes more entertaining and memorable, for her younger students.  By 1995, Graber had amassed a considerably large collection of many of the oddest utensils ever created for dining, and was quickly becoming an expert on the subject. 

          Among her pieces are several rarities, including; a toddler’s “etiquette” spoon (also patented by several companies as “mustache spoons”) created to help youngsters eat more efficiently, and a mango fork & spoon set.

           Articles soon appeared in several regional and national publications featuring her collection and her frequent speaking engagements on the subject of dining history.   Graber still adds to her collection when she finds the “perfectly odd piece”, and continues to lecture and speak on the subject of dining implements to a variety of groups and organizations throughout Southern California.

          From her appearances on KVCR as a reporter, here is a story about Special Utensils for the Physically Challenged

      Here is a selection of Maura's unusual collection of odd utensils
Stunning Dutch Spoon with Mango Fork (known to the Dutch as a Cake Fork
read all about it in an upcoming book)
British Silver Marrow Scoop C. early 1800s
Rare silver “Etiquette Spoon” for toddlers from late 1800s
Victorian sugar accoutrements.
Pretty Victorian Bread Fork
Victorian Gold plated Grape Shears from the United Kingdom

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