[Sca-cooks] Size of Trenchers

Terry Decker t.d.decker at att.net
Sun Jul 5 17:10:24 PDT 2009

IIRC, there is a painting of John of Gaunt with two square metal trenchers 
joined book style on the table before him.  They appear to be about 12 
inches square.

A kitcfhen scene by Campi shows round dished plates standing in a plate rack 
on the wall.  They appear to be able to serve as plates or bowls and appear 
to be about a foot in diameter.  The color appears to be a dark blue so they 
might be metal or stoneware.


> There's an article about Tudor and Stuart table-settings by Peter
> Brears in "The Appetite and the Eye".  Data from the records of the
> Pewterers' Company in 1533 suggest that pewter trenchers were about 7
> or 8 inches in diameter.  He mentions wooden trenchers, both square
> and round, but doesn't give sizes.
> Brighid ni Chiarain

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