The museum holds many examples of the correct and appropriate utensils designed for use on the table particularly in Victorian times. It seems that those ingenious Victorians imagined, manufactured and used a wide variety of items no longer found in modern dining rooms.
Knife rests are an example of the correct etiquette for dining. The earliest knife rests are believed to have emerged in the late 1700s. Their purpose was to rest the blade of the carving knife clear of the tablecloth when the meat was carved at the table generally by the man of the house.
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