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12 French Shabby Chic Ceramic Cutlery Knife Rests in box Dinner Place Settings (B33)

12 French Shabby Chic Ceramic Cutlery Knife Rests in box Dinner Place Settings (B33)

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This is a set of 12 shabby chic ceramic cutlery rests still in their original box. (the box is worn as shown). These knife rests each have a little floral design. These table settings are in a good used condition and were bought at a traditional French brocante market. A cutlery rest is a piece of kitchenware for resting a used piece of cutlery without touching the table to prevent cooking fluids from getting onto tables. The use of cutlery rests date from the early 18th Century and possibly the late 17th century. The gentry and the ruling classes sat down to a meal that could have up to 12 courses and apart from their hands, probably only had one knife and fork per person. To save soiling the table, or the tablecloth, the utensils required something to rest on that kept them off the table. As French meals often have multiple courses these are still frequently used across France in homes and occasionally restaurants. As all the items we sell are bought from French brocante fairs, they are used or vintage and will often show minor signs of their previous life in a French home. This is part of their unique French shabby chic appeal and any significant flaws are always clearly highlighted in the photos and descriptions. See our website vintage shop selling over 300 unique, vintage and up cycled French finds for your home and garden including more French cutlery rests and tableware, all sourced from markets across France.

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Length 4.5cm
height 2cm
width 1cm
Box measures 24cm x 11cm
unpacked weight is 343 grammes

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