Trencher (one of a set)


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Banquets usually ended with candied fruits or other sweetmeats served on such decorative "spice dishes" of silver or wood. The gold effects were achieved with yellow varnish over a layer of silver-leaf. The verses were written in Black Letter script, with elaborate capital letters in Lombardic script. The verses, either amusing or moralizing, were shared with the other diners.

Trencher (one of a set), Oak and sycamore woods, painted, silvered and yellow varnished; inscription: ink (animal or vegetable), British

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