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Before the 18th century the only items of table silver made in any quantity were spoons; plates and knives were set on the table, food was cut with the knife and eaten with one’s personal spoon (or fingers).
Silver forks were introduced from France in the mid 17th century but are rare prior to the 18th century.
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Search page: Search Page Have a question or need a free estimate of value? I hope these pages help you with your silver plate collecting! This pattern was reproduced towards the end of the 19th century and throughout the 20th century in two distinct forms; Rat-tail and Hanoverian.Rat-tail has a pronounced ridge to the front stem and a long rat-tail to the reverse of spoon bowls (and occasionally the reverse of forks) and takes it's inspiration from the early 18th century examples.The material was accidentally invented by Thomas Boulsover, of Sheffield's Cutlers Company, in 1743.While trying to repair the handle of a customer's decorative knife, he heated it too much and the silver started to melt.