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Victorian Silverplate Stilton Cheese Scoop

Victorian Silverplate Stilton Cheese Scoop

$110.00

Of course we all are familiar with the basics: knives, spoons & forks. But what about all those other serving pieces that the Victorians were so fond of? They were all part of an elaborate Victorian table setting, as formal, unique serving utensils for almost every kind of food—oysters, asparagus, crackers, fruit preserves, horseradish, olives—were all part of a daily fine-dining experience.

Behold, the wonderfully obscure Victorian Silverplate Stilton Cheese Scoop. With its elegant ivorine handle and lavishly ornate ferrule and end-cap, the gleaming silverplated utensil has a beautifully sturdy scoop designed specifically for serving the creamy blue cheese. Sometimes referred to as "English Parmesan", Stilton is produced in a similar wheel shape that is allowed to form its own outer crust. There is specific etiquette with serving Stilton as the wheel should never be sliced into wedges like a cake. Instead, the wheel is either sliced horizontally into thin layers off the top, or at the well-appointed table, served with a scoop.  

Designed to gracefully scoop Stilton cheese from its traditional wheel, this spoon is splendidly, beautifully, wonderfully, obsessively Victorian!


Strictly one-of-a-kind and subject to prior sale. Spoon measures 10.75" in length. Handwash only. In very good antique condition with discreet signs of age and use. Circa 1900.

 

Learn More About Stilton Cheese

Stilton cheese, the magnificent "King of English Cheeses", was first introduced in the early 1700s. It's named after the village of Stilton, about 80 miles north of London, but strangely, the cheese was actually never made there. 

The story behind the naming of Stilton cheese goes something like this...in the 18th century, the town of Stilton was a staging post for coaches. Tired horses were changed out and weary travelers sought refreshment en route to Scotland and other cities in the north of England. The inn owners of Stilton vied with one another for these travelers' business and competed to see who could provide the swiftest service and best food. The owner of the Bell Inn in Stilton, introduced travelers to the creamy, blue-veined cheese, which he purchased from a cheese maker in the nearby village of Melton Mowbray. The wine, bread and Stilton cheese were plentiful at the Inn and travelers began referring to this delectable cheese as Stilton - the town that made it famous!

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