To eat like a gentleman

To eat like a gentleman, or a lady! For many centuries, you were either born into a class that could afford scrumptious meals, or not. You could perhaps dream of better food, but you wouldn't dream of changing your position in society. In the 19th Century, all this changed with the Industrial Revolution. Suddenly anyone with a clear mind and a bit of starting capital or financial backing could build themselves a business and rise up in society. Social mobility was born with the "dark satanic mills" of 19th Century England, and it brought unprecedented wealth - and poverty alike.

But for these new industrial leaders, suddenly not being poor anymore was, of course, only the beginning. You not only wanted to eat what gentlemen ate, you wanted to eat like a gentleman. So you needed proper tableware!