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<<you can't hardly give that stuff away at an auction...organs and piano's are worse.>>

It wasn't many generations ago that most human beings were lucky to have a wooden spoon to use to eat out of a common pot.

Gold and silver tableware were the only practical metals available for tableware, which restricted it to the very rich.

Now technology and industrialization has made crockery cheap and available to most, and stainless steel tableware as well.

That has democratized the experience of eating a meal hugely, and all to the good. (I don't really fancy the idea of using fingers to eat out of as common pot....)

Even the poorest can equip themselves for stately dining by spending a few dollars at a thrift shop.

Seattle Pioneer
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