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Victorian Silverplate Fish Service for Six

Victorian Silverplate Fish Service for Six

$295.00

Found at a silver market in northern England, we are pleased to offer this gorgeous Antique Fish Knife and Fork Service for Six. The perfectly balanced set stunningly showcases the lush aesthetic of the Victorian era, complete with its sumptuous, ruby velvet-lined presentation box. With rich, hand-crafted marquetry designs embellishing the lid of the wood presentation box, it beautifully echoes the lavish aesthetic of the set.

With lavish details that are sure to captivate, the surface of the knives are hand-engraved with beautiful fish depicted on a background of pond reeds.  Cheerful stems and blossoms cover the balance of the gleaming blade, while the forks include a sweet pattern surrounding the fish that replicates the graceful surface silhouette. Produced by the skilled silversmiths at Daniel & Arter of Birmingham in the timeless Old English pattern, this set is resplendent in wonderfully restored antique condition.

With a glamorous presence that sparkles and shines, this service is sure to bring its lasting beauty and best manners to your table today. 


Strictly one-of-a-kind and subject to prior sale. Circa 1880s. Forks measure 7.25" long, Knives 8.5" long. Wood Box measures 14.25" x 11" x 2.75"H.

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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