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Old 01-06-21, 10:22
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Default "half a garnishe of tynne plates"

Googling for this doesn't help me, but the OED suggests that a garnish is a set of vessels for the table. This is from a Stuart will.

Can any one find a reference to such things? I wondered if they were the fancy decorated plates used at banquets - ie designed simply to hold sweetmeats: more decoration than use.
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There are some references here, a little earlier than the Stuarts though

https://yorkshiredictionary.york.ac.uk/words/garnish
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A lifetime ago I worked in the kitchens of a posh hotel and "garniture" meant the things you would put on the table in order to eat a meal - so cutlery, crockery, cruets etc, but not silverware or crystal. Think everyday at home type of thing, not the best stuff you bring out for guests.

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There are some references here, a little earlier than the Stuarts though

https://yorkshiredictionary.york.ac.uk/words/garnish
Ooh, a Yorkshire dictionary! Thanks for that, Jill.
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Yes thank you. Bookmarked for future reference.
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Thank you, Jill and OC. These certainly weren't the best bits of tableware, but they do sound gaudy.
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