Menu holders were first introduced during the Victorian era, but began to flourish in popularity during the Edwardian era. The reason for this was the reputation of the King himself, who was enamoured with food and all manners of unusual and exotic fare. This required a brief explanation - by way of the menu - of what one would be eating, as the ingredients were no longer immediately obvious to the diners themselves.
Another way in which the King Edward influenced the menu holders was that he was particularly fond of hunting and fishing, and these were considered to be especially noble pastimes. Due to the reigning King’s propensity for shooting sports, many antique menu holders feature characters or animals based around these themes.
Antique silver menu and place holders are a fine, formal and traditional addition to any table service, and continue to take pride of place during the finest dinner occasions.