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Jack Sprat c. 1800 Each diner is holding a knife with a long, curving blade. Scimitar knives were used for cutting food. The bulbous rounded ends were also used to scoop up sauce and tended to have very long blades. Around mid century they became unfashionable and were replaced by French influenced knives with spear pointed blades. The diners are also eating with two forks, another common practice during the time.

1810 Anecdotes of the Manners and Customs of London by James Peller Malcolm via Google Books

Etiquette de cosmétique, 1780-1810. Waddesdon Manor collection.waddes...

Table etiquette for the gentleman, via 2Romance

1818-1823. Early 19th-century etiquette required a lady’s head to be covered at all times, even with evening dress. A cap such as this one, gathered and full to suggest the shape of a turban, was popular for evening wear about 1820.

18th Century Advice: 1.Pleasing in company is the only way of being pleased in it yourself. 2.The very same thing may become either pleasing or offensive, by the manner of saying or doing it. 3.Even where you are sure, seem doubtful; represent, but do not pronounce, & if you would convince others, seem open to conviction yourself. 4.You will easily discover every man’s prevailing vanity, by observing his favorite topic of conversation; for every man talks most of what he has thought to excel in

English Men and Manners in the 18th Century-this was book in course i took in college-love it

When a man escorts a woman, tradition has it that he offers his left arm. This originates from medieval times when the right hand needed to be free to draw the sword worn on the left side in the event of a threat or the woman’s honor require defending.

Children in ballroom dancing class,1945~ Photo by Alfred Eisenstaedt//

black and white graphics, printable vintage advertisement, Victorian couple clipart, butterick publishing company, Victorian etiquette ad, Victorian lady gentleman illustration

the art of manliness

A true gentleman. It's natural.

c.1790 Grammatical Conversation or English Grammer Familiarised. English grammar was inculcated by this game. Cards are divided into 2 sets, 1 of questions & 1 with answers. The answer cards are dealt while one person, probably an older child or adult, holds the questions and key card. As each question is answered correctly, the players relinquish their cards. Whoever gets rid of their cards first wins. Could include a gambling by having a pool & rewards & forfeits. V E.5306& 1 to 61-1960

The School of Manners, or Rules for Childrens Behaviour 1701

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1930s The last straw is to pass out from too much liquor. Chances are your date will never call you again.

A detail from Grace at Table by Jean-Baptiste-Simeon Chardin, 1740

1856 Children's Ettiquette

Old school glove etiquette.

How wonderful it must have been to live in at a time when a gentleman approached a woman and kissed her hand...

How to dine, dinners & dining - Isabella Mary Beeton - 1866


Table and domestic etiquette, UK