Labelled so there can be no doubt of it's purpose ...
the cutlery has its own special spots.
Even the edges have been decorated.
I love to imagine the days when this cloth was in use, when Father carved at the head of the table ...
(Edited to add:
It seems that people haven't come across carving cloths before, so I googled and found this from Every Woman's Encylcopaedia:
Therefore, have your damask spotless. A great economy is always to use a carving cloth even for
So it seems that the carving cloth is a cloth placed under a serving plate, to protect the tablecloth underneath from spatters and spills. Even at breakfast! "Honey, carve me a hunk of that porridge, will you please?")
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