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Vintage Silverplate Fish Service for Six

Vintage Silverplate Fish Service for Six

$195.00

Found at a silver market in northern England, we are pleased to offer a lovely Vintage Fish Knife and Fork Set. In its original presentation box, the perfectly balanced set was produced in Sheffield, England by the esteemed silversmiths at Walker & Hall and includes 6 knives and 6 forks in a classic Reed & Ribbon pattern. 

In wonderfully restored condition, this gleaming service is elegant and timeless and sure to bring its one-of-a-kind beauty to your table today. 


Strictly one-of-a-kind and subject to prior sale. In very good antique condition.  Box measures  9" x 7" , forks 7 1/4" long, knives 8" long.

Learn More About Fish Cutlery

Specific cutlery for eating fish evolved in the early 19th century. In 1838 a book of etiquette noted that, 'in first rate society, silver knives are now beginning to be used for fish: a very pleasing, as well as decided step in the progress of refinement.' People no longer used steel knives and forks, as the steel was said to react with acids in the fish sauces and taint the flavor of the food. Fish knives and forks were commonly called 'fish eaters' or 'fish-eating knives and forks'.

The complicated dining etiquette of the Victorian era encouraged the development of specific utensils for eating particular foods. The proper use of cutlery formed an important and often lengthy section in all the etiquette manuals. As the century progressed, the rules for the use of some cutlery changed, reflecting the refinements that began to differentiate the manners and status of 'old' and 'new' money. The development of fish eaters is a good example of this. Even until the 1880s, most etiquette manuals recommended that fish be eaten using two ordinary table forks or one fork and a piece of bread. As 'fish eaters' became en vogue during the mid 1800s, middle-class families bought the newly developed utensils, as a means to display their disposable income and demonstrate their place in society.

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