Dating epns cutlery

This suggests that shells were commonly used as spoons in Southern Europe.

Additionally, the Anglo-Saxon word spon, meaning a chip or splinter of wood, points toward widespread use of this material for Northern European spoons.

In America, it is said that in 1630 Governor Winthrop of the Massachusetts Bay Colony possessed the first and only fork in the Colonies.

Not until 1633, when King Charles I declared, “It is decent to use a fork,” did the use of the fork begin to gain a foothold of acceptance in England.

Even then, only the wealthy could afford to supply their guests with them.

Louis XIV was the first king to provide each guest with a knife, fork and spoon.

In addition to shell and wood, spoons have also been made from metals (such as gold, silver, silverplate and pewter), ivory, bone, horn, pottery, porcelain, and crystal. D., the Romans designed two types of spoons that ultimately had far-reaching influence.

The first, a ligula, was used for soups and soft foods.

By the 14th century, forks were occasionally showing up in the inventories and wills of the nobles and the wealthy.

So in its early days, the knife took on the role of knife, fork, and spoon all at once.

It wasn't until the 16th century in Italy that the true dinner knife emerged, one that's use was strictly for eating.

The four tined fork didn’t become de rigeur until the mid-1800’s.

The knife is the oldest known implement, used as a cutting tool at the dawn of Mankind.