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Vintage Silverplate Fish Service for Six

Vintage Silverplate Fish Service for Six

$250.00

Found at a silver market in northern England, we are pleased to offer this exceptional Vintage Silverplate Cutlery Service for Six designed specifically for eating fish. The perfectly balanced set includes 6 fish knives with their distinctive blades and six matching fish forks.  Each piece is a pleasure to hold.

Produced by the skilled Atkin Brothers silversmiths of Sheffield in the beloved Fiddle, Thread and Shell pattern, this set is in wonderful condition and is neatly stored in the original wood presentation case with its lift-out tray.

With a timeless presence that is elegant and refined, 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 1940s. Forks measure 7.5" long, Knives 8.5" long. Wood Box measures 11" x 8.25" x 2.5"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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