WE recently sold Doreen Hornsblow''s collection of knife rests.
Her other great enthusiasm was knife rests and the major part of her collection sold in our last spring antique sale.
That first gift sparked a real interest in Doreen and from that time on she began to collect the knife rests at antique fairs, flea markets and, later on, through the internet.
When she asked about it, she was told it was a knife stand, also known as a knife rest, used to protect the tablecloth when the same cutlery was used throughout a meal, or to rest the carving knife and fork on between slicing sessions.
Sieger's tabletop collection also includes Nile & Co alligator objets d'art which can double as knife rests
Elsewhere, you might think of looking for hyacinth vases, ink bottles (but not ink stands or cut glass ink wells with silver caps - these are in another category) glass knife rests
(still available for around pounds 20 a pair) glass walking sticks, yards of ale, rolling pins with exterior painting (nowadays moving up over the pounds 100 bracket) glass pipes which were never smoked, trumpets and paperweights.
These canteens should include a carving set, knife rests
and sometimes nut crackers and picks, and are much nicer in my view than a lot of stainless steel examples.
Via Veneto combines classic design elements with a contemporary twist, offering built-in knife rests
and serving accessory rests, for example, and spoons that feature decorative holes but do not leak.