Vintage Breadboards

Vintage Breadboards

by Madeleine Neave

Contributions by Tom Samuel

Photographs by Kouroush Monirzad

Published by: Marion Boyars Publishers Ltd

336 pages, 7.00 x 9.00 in, 100 color photographs

  • Paperback
  • ISBN: 9781909248649
  • Published: January 2020


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Decorative ‘bread-platters’ were hugely popular in Victorian times, firstly among the elite who commissioned custom-made items featuring their coats-of-arms and mottos. They were also used to commemorate royal ceremonies, and of course, families put their crests on them if they were upper class. By the 1860s, enterprising workshops were producing bread-platters more cheaply with standardised carving for the mass market. The production centre until the 1950s was Sheffield, with skilled turners, carvers and metalworkers collaborating to produce matching sets of tableware. In the book, Madeleine Neave shows us how beautiful and varied the boards were, with the inclusion of butter knives, butter churners, and memories from her mother, Rosslyn, who began the collection after a childhood on a farm, milking cows by hand, and making butter.