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Saturday, July 23, 2011

{Victoria Magazine: Knife Rests Old and New}

From my favorite Victoria Magazine I had saved these two pages that I love to share with you. Some readers have indicated as never having seen knife rests before. Well, they have been around for quite a while. For your convenience I will re-type the text here below the images. For sale at my: Spectrenoir you can view several silver plated French knife rests from Christofle. Replacements Ltd. does have some crystal ones from Lalique, France and such.
Polished and Gleaming
Knife Rests Old and New
Amid the cruets and crystal on  a formal table, every proper Victorian hostess would have
set out—to the right of each place—a gleaming knife rest: an artful little bar that handily
propped up knives to keep the tablecloth spotless. Rendered in such rich materials as cut
glass, silver, and bone, rests came in a wonderful array of elegant and whimsical shapes.
Whether newly minted or antique (now the province of collectors round the world), these
charming accessories can still add a note of festivity to any well-appointed table.

Among French novelist Marcl Proust's recollections is one of a darkened dining room where
knife rests of prismatic glass cast "a multicolored fire as beautiful as the windows of Chartres."
Although knife rests came into use as table manners evolved in the 18th century, it was not
until nearly a century later that most middle-class families had two sets, one for the carving
utensils and another for the table. All the household catalogs offered them,
from Montgomery Ward to Harrod's.

Antiques, above left (top photo), from the collection of Uly Thompson, range from a Britannia
and silver-plate rest for a carving set (top), to a butter-knife rest with its own knife (bottom top
 photo), which came as a set of four nestled in its own velvet-lined case—a real find. Says Uly,
"I have a particular soft spot for those with figures perched at each end, such as the soldier
and sailor playing tug-of-war, which is extremely rare."

Contemporary choices, above, are no less captivating—witness Waterford's heart-shaped
crystal rest with cake knife and Saint Louis's four-bubble rendering. Traditional designs are
captured by Saint Louis in a thistle pattern, that dates back 120 years.
Daum's mimosas recall the rare colored-glass examples of the 19th century,
while Yamazaki's gold-plated version with inlay (center) doubles card holder,
a design that would undoubtedly have delighted the Victorians.
Antique linens, Fabric of Society.

I certainly feel proud for being able to offer you several French knife rests sets from Christofle in my Zen Cart powered on line Boutique.
Artedona is also still selling sets of four silver plated knife rests "Vertigo"


  1. Dear Mariette,
    thank you so much for those delightful Magazine photos. Oh my, can't say, what is the nicest on them. The knifes are so beautiful and the knife rests are stunning. I have a set in silver and a set in crystal. Knife rests are so pretty on a formal table. It was so interesting to see your blog post.
    Best greetings, Johanna

  2. Waauw what a beautiful photo with the knifes that my family had in older times. The knifes with bones!
    I had a few. But later on they broke between the metal and the bones.
    Nice blog you have.
    Kind regards Have a nice weekend with sun!
    mieke from www.gebreidesjaals.blogspot.com

  3. I loved the history you shared and the photos. We are so excited with our recent introduction to knife rests and adding them to our table setting items. Wishing you a wonderfully blessed week-end.xo HHL

  4. Dear Mariette,
    I've done all you sent me by emails.
    here I'm reading your interesting post about all the silver knife Resets.
    I'll be back tomorrow morning because time to my bed times:-)12.45pm.
    you will think how come took so long to do it?
    Good night,

  5. Liebe Mariette,
    ich weiß gar nicht was ich sagen soll.
    Mir efallen die alten einfach besser.
    Eine Messerbänke aus Porzellan habe ich auch. aeber gar kein Vergleich.
    Ich wünsche dir einen angenehmen Restsamstag

  6. Bonjour Mariette,
    I love knife rests. They bring elegance to the table and serve a purpose (protecting those fancy tablecloths.) When we got married in Paris many years ago, my generous mother-in-law offered us a beautiful set of Lalique knife rests. They were multi-colored, and in the shape of grapes. Just gorgeous. We moved to the United States a few weeks later and everything was packed up. Once I arrived in Seattle, I started unpacking boxes, and boxes of kitchenware. When it was all said and done, I could not find the knife rests anywhere. I realized months later that I must have left them by mistake in the box I had filled of unwanted stuff and dropped off at the Salvation Army. Can you imagine their faces when they found them in there? I certainly hope someone knew enough to get a good price for them and that they went to a good home eventually! ha! I hope you enjoyed this story. I had forgotten about it until I read your post Veronique, your new friend aka French Girl in Seattle

  7. Che meraviglia...i coltelli con il manico in cristallo sono un sogno!!! Buona domenica cara Mariette!! Anna.

  8. So smart! Have a lovely weekend- weather looks good where you are !!here we have 18 degrees centigarde ..:0

  9. Liebe Mariette,

    du bringst immer so schöne Sachen
    zum Nachdenken.
    Es ist eine Freude, deinen Blog
    zu besuchen.

    Herzliche Grüße
    Angela und Elisabeth

  10. liebe mariette,

    wenn etwas 0-8-15 ist, dann ist es etwas ganz "normales", "nichts besonderes", "gewöhnliches", "immer das selbe". das sagt man so hier in ÖSterreich und scheinbar auch in Deutschland und in der Schweiz :-)

    Habt einen wundervollen Sonntag, du und Peter!! :-)


  11. Those are so beautiful Mariette! Such an elegant piece to add to a table setting. I don't have any nice china or silverware but it's hopefully something I can work on collecting in the future:)

  12. A beautiful photo with the knifes though sorry to missed in my time..
    The Japanese people don't used much in the their home it mostly used the
    I would like to have my dinner with the blue plates with silver knife:-)
    Thank you for sharing us.
    Have a wonderful weekend.

  13. Dear Mariette,

    What a lovely post you have shared today and love the knife rests.
    Isn't Victoria such a lovely magazine.
    I can't wait to get my copy, albeit a few months later.
    Hope that you are having a lovely weekend, dear friend


  14. Mariette, how are you? I hope well...
    The knife are elegant, refined... beautiful! I love them!


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