This classic style of cutlery dates from 1604. "Rat's tail" referred to the way the spoons were originally attached to the handles. Manufacturers were unable to make spoons in one piece in the 1600s, so the base was fixed to the handle with a long spine, which looks like a tail. This design is part of the Viners Elite Concepts Heritage collection, supplied in a contemporary grey metallic effect storage canteen.
58 piece set â€“ Serves 8
8 Dinner knives
8 Dinner forks
8 Dessert knives
8 Dessert forks
8 Dessert spoons
8 Soup spoons
2 Serving spoons
Dinner knife: length 240mm, weight 120g.
Dinner fork: length 204mm, weight 56g.
Dessert knife: length 219mm, weight 106g.
Dessert fork: length 177mm, weight 38g.
Dessert spoon: length 173mm, weight 46g.
Teaspoon: length 127mm, weight 20g.
Soup spoon: length 168mm, weight 46g.
Table spoon: length 203mm, weight 68g.