This elegant glass knife rest cut in a file and circle pattern has no makers mark. Knife Rests have been used for longer than most people think. In the early 18th Century and possibly the late 17th century the gentry and the ruling classes sat down to a meal that could have had anything up to 12 courses and apart from their hands probably only had one knife and fork per person. To save soiling the table, the knife and fork and tablecloth, if there was one, the utensils had to be put down onto something that kept them off the table. It was probably initially just a piece of wood in the times of Henry the eighth but from the eighteenth century we know that some enterprising person started to design what we now consider proper knife rests in pairs, sets of 4,6,12 and probably more. Made from silver, china, glass and pewter with an enormous range of designs making them extremely collectable. In very good + condition without chips, cracks or fleabites it measures 4 1/4 inches long and 1 1/2 inches wide. An addition to any Knife Rest Collection. SH & Ins. will be quoted after orders placed. If you have questions feel free to contact me and thank you for looking.