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138827RE: [Revlist] Re: Dining in the 18th C.

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  • Art Kenney
    Mar 11, 2013


      Art Kenney

      To: Revlist@yahoogroups.com
      From: lobster1768@...
      Date: Mon, 11 Mar 2013 11:57:52 -0700
      Subject: Re: [Revlist] Re: Dining in the 18th C.

      Well, I do not think much of how to seize a fork or with which fingers to hold the wine glass. But more in dimensions of how was the food served, what has been the duties of the servants, what were the diners expected to do by themselves etc. etc.

      whilest we're at it, a general idea what servants were to do, not only during diners, would be neat to have.


      From: Joseph Ruckman <josephr4570@...>
      To: Revlist@yahoogroups.com
      Sent: Monday, March 11, 2013 7:40 PM
      Subject: [Revlist] Re: Dining in the 18th C.

      > Given the number of not-so-base Civilians and Officers of various to high Ranks, who must eat, there must be someone who has tried to learn something about this manner...
      > or am I misguided in thinking so?

      I suspect you may be, Alex. I've seen the occasional interpretation of officers dining, but it's pretty rare. Further, I believe in the 18th c etiquette was more directed to how you behaved toward others than how to set a table or which fork to use, assuming you have more than one. Washington's mess kit give us a clue that he at least used only one knife, fork and spoon at any given meal, at least while in the field. However, here's a website that may help you -



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