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Fish Slice

Fish slice made from Old Sheffield plate in 1782. A fish slice is a flat implement used for serving portions of fish. The blade is flat and has been highly decorated by a skilful craftsman.


Why did people use fish slices?

Fish was a very popular dish in the 1800s and was served in wealthy homes.


As the slice is designed in the form of a fish, its purpose is clear. At this time it was bad manners to break up fish when serving it, so the fish slice was created to help people to keep it whole when serving.


Cutlery and table manners:  

In the late 1700s people were making very specific items of cutlery for use with particular food. It was seen as important to use the right piece of cutlery for the right dish or you would be thought very rude.

 

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