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Crystal Knife Rests
Straight from a 19th century manual on etiquette, it is stated that "amid the cruets and crystal, every proper Victorian hostess would set to the right of each plate an artful little bar that propped up knives to keep the tablecloth immaculate..." Indeed, the impeccably appointed table of a century ago required knife rests for the cleanliness of the table and the guest using the utensil, especially since fine dining often required up to eight different knives (for butter, cheese, game, roast, and fruit). This set of four knife rests are made of 24% leaded crystal, each measuring 3 inches.