Q:

When was silverware invented?

A:

Quick Answer

The history of silverware is an evolutionary one with the first eating utensils already in use further back than can be traced. There is evidence of iron knives as early as 1000 B.C. while forks were not widely embraced until the 17th century.

Know More
When was silverware invented?
Credit: REB Images Blend Images Getty Images

Full Answer

Knives evolved thousands of years ago from sharpened stones that humans would use to spear their food. They would also hollow out the horns of animals into rough representations of spoons. The knife proved the most popular early form of flatware and was the first to evolve from stone to metal.

During the Renaissance, knives were desirable and costly accessories, and everyone was expected to bring their own to dinner. Forks were first introduced into modern European culture in the 11th century, though they did not become a common or regularly used piece of flatware for hundreds of years.

Learn more about Inventions
Sources:

Related Questions

  • Q:

    Who invented anesthesia?

    A:

    William Morton first demonstrated the use of ether as an anesthetic, but no one knows who actually invented anesthesia. After Morton's demonstration at Massachusetts General Hospital, several people came forward claiming they had discovered anesthesia much earlier.

    Full Answer >
    Filed Under:
  • Q:

    What was invented in 1974 ?

    A:

    Several products and procedures were invented in 1974. One example is the Post-It Note, which was created by American Arthur Fry. Since their invention, Post-It Notes have been sold in over 100 countries across the world and are still used over 40 years later.

    Full Answer >
    Filed Under:
  • Q:

    Who invented yogurt?

    A:

    Yogurt has been part of the human diet since around 6000 to 5000 B.C and was first made in Central Asia. Yogurt sold in its frozen form was invented in the early 1970s by a dairy operator from New England named H.P. Hood.

    Full Answer >
    Filed Under:
  • Q:

    Who invented algebra?

    A:

    No single person invented algebra. The roots of algebra extend to the ancient Babylonians, who first developed mathematical techniques to solve problems using algorithms. Later work by Greek, Persian and Indian mathematicians further extended these techniques and laid the foundations for modern algebra.

    Full Answer >
    Filed Under:

Explore