Forgotten Elegance

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History students and Victorian enthusiasts looking for comprehensive information on dining practices of Victorian America will find this book a vital resource. Revealing the history of 19th-century dining, clothing, and etiquette, the volume includes sample menus and explicit instructions explaining how to recreate a dinner, tea, breakfast, or lunch in the 21st century. Collectors of china, crystal, and silver will also find this book helpful because it provides a photograph of each piece of tableware that was ...

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Overview

History students and Victorian enthusiasts looking for comprehensive information on dining practices of Victorian America will find this book a vital resource. Revealing the history of 19th-century dining, clothing, and etiquette, the volume includes sample menus and explicit instructions explaining how to recreate a dinner, tea, breakfast, or lunch in the 21st century. Collectors of china, crystal, and silver will also find this book helpful because it provides a photograph of each piece of tableware that was used, with a history and description of the item.

After explaining the different dining styles and the way they evolved into rituals of the Victorian era, a formal dinner is examined course by course. The Schollanders present the history and uses of various wines and show they were matched with different foods. They also explain the evolution of silver, crystal, and china pieces. Additionally the book includes an explanation of the seating order at the Victorian table, correct Victorian table manners, invitations and menu cards, correct dress for dinner guests, correct table settings, the role of servants, and step-by-step instructions for recreating a formal Victorian dinner, tea, breakfast, or lunch.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780313316852
  • Publisher: ABC-CLIO, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 10/30/2001
  • Pages: 312
  • Product dimensions: 6.14 (w) x 9.21 (h) x 0.75 (d)

Meet the Author

WENDELL SCHOLLANDER is a practicing lawyer. He and his wife have collected Victorian etiquette books, silver, and porcelain over a period of twenty-five years.

WES SCHOLLANDER is a student at Wake Forest Law School. In addition to growing up discussing the proper placement of forks at formal dinners, he has backpacked around the world, been named a Presidential Point of Light for conservation work, served as a missionary in Central America, has art work in museums, and speaks four languages.

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Introduction
I A Short History of the Art of Dining
1 A History of Formal Dining 3
2 Understanding the Food in a Victorian Meal 21
3 Wine and Other Beverages 31
II The Accoutrements
4 Silver 59
5 China 95
6 Crystal 115
7 Visiting Cards and Invitations 133
III Status and Etiquette
8 Seating Etiquette 143
9 Table Etiquette 149
IV The Dinner Stage and the Props
10 Dress 165
11 Setting the Victorian Table 179
V The Formal Meal as a Performance
12 The Progression of the Meal 197
VI Giving an Elegant Dinner
13 Giving a Victorian or Edwardian Dinner 213
VII Other Elegant Entertaining
14 Tea, Coffee, and Chocolate 241
15 Breakfast and Lunch 261
English/French Glossary 275
Further Reading 283
Index 291
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