In the opening credits of period drama Downton Abbey, a servant leans over a dining table with a tape measure, gauging the space between a gold-rimmed china plate, a silver spoon and several table knives of varying sizes.
At the turn of the 19th century, ornate and complex table settings like these were a mark of class and breeding — and so were the good habits of the diners who used them. In Australia in 2017, knowing which knife to use in a posh restaurant is still a handy skill.
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