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Traditionally, the mint julep cocktail is consumed on Kentucky Derby day in a silver cup made of sterling, pewter or metalized plastic. Some cups are specially designed and engraved, with silver beads below the rim. On race day at Churchill Downs, today's mint juleps are sold in decorative souvenir glasses. Typically in a bar, this classic drink is served in a tumbler or rocks glass.

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  • What is the correct term for fork prongs?

    Q: What is the correct term for fork prongs?

    A: Prong is the correct word to use when describing the sharp, metal spikes attached to the end of a fork handle. The word "tine" is a culinary term that is also used when referencing prongs of a fork.
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  • How do you make decorated martini glasses?

    Q: How do you make decorated martini glasses?

    A: Painting martini glasses with special enamel paint is an easy way to decorate stemware. It takes about 20 minutes to prepare the glass, 20 minutes to paint it and four days to cure it. To complete the project, you need the stemware, some rubbing alcohol, enamel paint made for glassware, a disposable plate, a printed pattern, paper towels, sponge daubers and a variety of flat and pointed bristle brushes.
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  • What are some types of mint julep glasses?

    Q: What are some types of mint julep glasses?

    A: Traditionally, the mint julep cocktail is consumed on Kentucky Derby day in a silver cup made of sterling, pewter or metalized plastic. Some cups are specially designed and engraved, with silver beads below the rim. On race day at Churchill Downs, today's mint juleps are sold in decorative souvenir glasses. Typically in a bar, this classic drink is served in a tumbler or rocks glass.
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  • How do I clean a wooden salad bowl?

    Q: How do I clean a wooden salad bowl?

    A: According to New Hampshire Bowl and Board, wooden bowls are not dishwasher safe. Fortunately, wooden salad bowls can easily be cleaned in a matter of minutes using a drop of dish soap, some water and a clean towel.
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  • Which is the salt shaker, the one with the bigger or smaller holes?

    Q: Which is the salt shaker, the one with the bigger or smaller holes?

    A: While there is no universal standard for salt and pepper shakers, it's common to put pepper into the shaker with bigger holes. This is because pepper is often lighter and less dense than salt, meaning it needs more space to flow smoothly.
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  • Where does the napkin go in a place setting?

    Q: Where does the napkin go in a place setting?

    A: According to etiquette specialist Emily Post, for an informal place setting, the napkin is placed to the left of the plate, either beneath or just beyond the forks. Alternately, it could be located in the center of the dinner plate.
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  • Why does one use a charger plate?

    Q: Why does one use a charger plate?

    A: One uses a charger to add decorative appeal to a place setting, often adding an accent color, texture or pattern. Chargers are made out of a variety of different materials, including metal, glass or ceramics.
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  • How do you set a table for dinner?

    Q: How do you set a table for dinner?

    A: The place setting for a dinner table depends on the number of courses, although the International Guild of Professional Butlers suggests that a family-style dinner usually includes up to two courses. Each place setting for this type of dinner requires a bread plate, a dinner plate, a salad plate, a napkin and a water glass, as well as a knife, a fork, a teaspoon and a butter spreader. Setting the table for four people takes about five minutes.
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  • What is fine bone china?

    Q: What is fine bone china?

    A: Dictionary.com defines bone china as a fine and naturally white china made from a small percentage of bone ash. Bone china is also referred to as bone porcelain.
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  • Where can I buy crockery online?

    Q: Where can I buy crockery online?

    A: Crockery can be purchased from a wide range of websites and organizations that have a presence online. General purpose online stores such as eBay or Amazon sell crockery, as do dedicated and specialized crockery and kitchenware companies such as Kitchenware Direct, House and GraysOutlet.com.
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  • What is the best way to clean diamond plate?

    Q: What is the best way to clean diamond plate?

    A: The best way to clean diamond plate is to wash the surface thoroughly using a non-detergent car wash soap, according to Mid City Steel. After washing, the diamond plate should be rinsed and dried immediately to prevent staining or etching of the surface. Diamond plate is an aluminum or steel plating often used to line truck beds or catwalks to provide additional traction.
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  • Where does Waterford crystal come from?

    Q: Where does Waterford crystal come from?

    A: Waterford crystal comes from the company's factory in Waterford City, Ireland. The factory melts more than 750 metric tons of crystal each year to produce more than 45,000 finished objects, according to the company.
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  • Q: Which side does the fork go on?

    A: In formal and informal table settings, forks always go on the left-hand side of a plate. If a setting requires multiple forks, the fork used first goes on the farthest left side, with the rest arranged in order of use.
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  • Q: What are Sheffield silver makers marks?

    A: According to Silver Collection, the English silversmith Sheffield uses several special markings on each piece of silver it produces to identify the age and origin of the piece. These special marking on silver are called hallmarks. Since there are thousands of hallmarks used to identify silver pieces worldwide, it is impossible to describe each mark without causing confusion. Interested parties should check a reputable silver hallmarks directory for specific markings.
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  • Q: Where are Henckels knives that say "Germany" but not "Solingen" made?

    A: Henckels knives that say "Germany" were manufactured in a Zwilling plant in Germany. Solingen, a town in Germany, is Zwilling J.A. Henckels' headquarter. J.A. Henckels International has offices around the world, including Hawthorne, N.Y., Canada, The Netherlands, Denmark, Switzerland, Japan, Italy, France, Spain, China, Great Britain and Brazil.
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  • Q: Who designed Wm. Rogers silver patterns?

    A: William A. Rogers, an American silversmith, designed and manufactured silverware under the "Wm. Rogers" mark and its variations until about 1840. After that time, many companies, including International Silver, Oneida and Simpson, Hall and Miller Company appropriated the William Rogers name.
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  • Q: How do you view the Barrons china catalog?

    A: A Barrons China catalog is available at Catalogs.com and SilverSuperstore.com. Catalogs.com features Barrons home décor catalog in categories that include tableware, kitchenware, home décor, seasonal and gifts and collectibles.
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  • Q: What are the Mersman table model numbers?

    A: Mersman Tables are identified by the four-digit numbers located on the underside of the tabletop. Mersman was a popular furniture manufacturing company for more than a century. Over the years, it manufactured millions of tables and other items.
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  • Q: What are some brands of clear glass dinnerware sets?

    A: Libbey and Oneida both manufacture clear glass dinnerware sets. Libbey makes square and round plates and bowls, and Oneida makes glass serving bowls, mugs and plates of many sizes.
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  • Q: How valuable is Bavaria fine china?

    A: The value of Bavarian fine china is determined by the condition of the china, the rarity, discontinued status and the region. For example, identical discontinued dinner plates, Chateau Dresden by Schumann/Bavaria, can be purchased on various websites: on Etsy for $49, on eBay for $89 and $187 and on Replacements Ltd for $109 and $189.
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  • Q: What stores offer tea cups in bulk?

    A: Tea cups can be purchased in bulk from Roses and Teacups, WebstaurantStore.com, and TeaCupGallery.com. EBay.com also has multiple listings for bulk tea cups on sale.
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