Knife rests have been used for centuries to keep cutlery clean and off the tablecloth during meals. In the 19th century, silver and plated knife rests became popular as dining etiquette and table manners became more refined.
Silver knife rests were made in various styles and designs, from simple and elegant to ornate and elaborate. Some were made in the shape of animals, such as fish or swans, while others were more abstract or geometric in design. Silver knife rests were often made by skilled silversmiths, and some were even personalized with monograms or crests.
Plated knife rests were a more affordable option for those who could not afford silver. Plated knife rests were made by coating a base metal, such as copper or brass, with a layer of silver through a process known as electroplating. Plated knife rests were also made in a variety of styles and designs, and more...
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