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Necessaire or Bring your own Silverware

Travelers in Georgian times were expected to provide their own eating utensils or flatware. These sets were called necessaire and include anything from a lowly bone-handled knife and fork to a sort of elaborate dressing case that includes gilded silverware and a cup. At first the forks in these sets were two tined and looked more like a meat fork. By Regency times forks had begun having three tines. The handles might be silver or ivory. The fiddle shaped handle was all the rage during the Georgian period. An individual place setting of flatware was also taken along to parties as hostesses did not begin providing silverware for all their guests until the late 18th century. When, during the Regency, London surpassed Amsterdam to become the richest city in the world, hosts flaunted their wealth with large dinner parties and huge sets of silverware and a variety of specialized serving pieces.
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