Wednesday, January 20, 2010
Tablescape Thursday: Formal Dinner in the Dining Room
Tonight I am also using vintage linen placemats which I recently bought at an antique store. I also have napkins that match. You can view one of the napkins in last week's Tablescape post here.
I have placed the butter spreader at angle on the bread plate to mimic the offset placement of the wine glass and water goblet. The placement of the flatware is the traditional "American" style. In the "Continental" style, the forks would be placed with the tines down, rather than facing up.
A matching gravy boat (above). And for my centerpiece on the table, I used my antique Victorian cruet castor. This piece is silver plate, which has some wear and two of my cruet bottles are missing the stoppers, but I love the etched glass and it still swivels nicely! This piece was made by the Meriden Britannia Co. which was founded in Meriden, CT in 1852. This one has 5 cruet bottles, which would have held sweet oil, vinegar, salt, pepper and probably mustard. Meriden Britannia is known for not consistently marking their products with style numbers, etc. to be able to date them easily, and I have been unable to find out the exact date this one was made. "Fancy" cruet stands were introduced in the 1850s, with shorter stature revolving castors becoming popular after 1855. Tall revolving cruet castors were introduced in the 1880s. Cruet stands themselves were out of fashion by the end of the 1890s. I would guess mine is probably from the 1880s, although I did see a picture once of a castor which looked very similar to mine that was dated from the late 1860s-1870s.
As darkness falls, the candlelight sparkles on the crystal and silver!
Between Naps on the Porch!
The Basic Vocabulary for the Table Setting:
Cover: The space allotted the diner on which tableware is placed
Cutlery: Eating utensils with a cutting edge, such as a steak knife
Dinnerware: A collective term for plates, bowls, cups and saucers
Flatware: Utensils manufactured from flattened sheets of metal, cut and stamped into form; ware that lays flat on the table, such as a dinner knife, fork or spoon.
Glassware: Non-stemmed drinking vessels, such as tumblers and bar glasses; also glass plate, cups or bowls
Holloware: Serveware with height and depth that is hollow in the center; for example, a pitcher or coffee pot.
Place setting: The space or "setting" on the table where the dinnerware, stemware and flatware are 'placed'; also known as the "cover".
Serveware: Utility ware used to serve a meal; such as platters, trays or bowls.
Silverware: Flatware made of silver
Stemware: A glass with a bowl that rests on a stem anchored by a foot; for example a long-stemmed wine glass.
Suite: Tableware that matches, such as dinnerware, flatware and stemware ornamented with the same motif
Table Service: An inclusive word for dinnerware, flatware, glassware and linens.
Tableware: An inclusive word for dinnerware, flatware, etc.; the ware from which food and drink are taken.
Tumbler: A non-stemmed glass with a flat or semi-rounded base, such as a bar glass.