Grapes and Victorians

A pair of grape scissors in their case. Victorian dining etiquette dictated that it was incredibly rude for diners to touch food with their fingers. Grapes were a popular dessert item and were only allowed to be touched once they had been properly cut with a pair of scissors. The trendsetting book ‘The Manners and Tone of Good Society’ stated that ‘When eating grapes, the half closed hand should be placed to the lips and the stones and skins adroitly allowed to fall into the fingers and quickly placed on the side of the plate, the back of the hand concealing the manoeuvre from view.’



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