Just like Wagriff said, "The myriad of big names that may (and did) have handled and used the silverware is overwhelming in it's possibilities." That's the exact thought that got me into collecting AH silverware. I always wanted a SS helmet, but to lay out 4-10k for one was mind boggling for me. And that money could be spent on a helmet that some random soldier wore.. For that same money spent, you can get several pieces of silverware that the most prominent Third Reich personalities handled. Imagine if this stuff could talk.... Just my thought process...
1. Cheese knife (Käsemesser). There is a matching butter knife (Buttermesser) with a rounded end. The point is for stabbing a piece/slice of cheese to move it to your plate.
2. Tomato knife (Tomatenmesser). My understanding is that the upper, sharper edge is for cutting the skin of a soft, ripe tomato, while the lower edge is for cutting the flesh into pieces. Why someone would be doing this at the table, instead of the cook in the kitchen, is a bit of a mystery, at least to me.
3. Salad serving fork (Salatgabel) of a salad serving set (Salatbesteck). These sets usually came in at least two sizes, and you have the smaller one. The larger set would have been more like 10" long.
While pieces No. 1 and 2 are unfamiliar to most Americans, they are typical pieces for German flatware patterns.
Great feedback DianaGaleM! Thank you.