Set four antique silver knife rests

Set four antique silver knife rests

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This heavy set of four Edwardian knife rests is in the traditional jack style with cross ends and round connecting bars.

Knife rests have been around for longer than you think. In the late 17th and early 18th centuries the gentry and the ruling classes often sat down to a meal of anything up to 12 courses, but usually only one knife and fork per person. To save soiling the table, tablecloth or sideboard, cutlery would be laid on something that kept them off the table.

The host would have a large pair for his carving knife and fork after carving portions for his guests, and among wealthier households, each diner's place would be set with a pair of silver knife rests to use during the meal.

From the 18th century, silver knife rests started to appear in pairs and larger sets and in a variety of designs. Sometimes silver knife rests matched the silver cutlery service, but more unusual and novelty models were made too.


Height 30 mm / 1 "
Width 79 mm / 3 14"
Depth 30 mm / 1 "
Weight 201 g (6.46 troy ozs)