The Antique Breadboard Museum, London

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The world’s first Antique Breadboard Museum showcases a stunning collection of breadboards and bread knives, butter dishes, butter knives, cheese boards and related items dating from the 1840s. The bread boards display an astonishing variety of carving techniques, motifs and mottos, some mass-produced, others unique. Decorative bread boards were hugely popular in Victorian times, firstly among the elite who commissioned custom-made items featuring their coats-of-arms. By the 1860s, enterprising workshops were producing bread boards more cheaply with standardised carving for the mass market. The production centre until the 1950s was Sheffield, with skilled turners, carvers and metalworkers collaborating to produce matching sets of tableware. Regrettably the last company selling English-made bread boards ceased production recently, but a small number of master-craftsmen are ensuring the skills are not forgotten.
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  • Spent a happy 2 hours learning about the development of bread boards, looking at lots of examples and then having a cream tea. You must book in advance.  more »
  • A moment of very pleasant Exchange. I didn't know that the bredboard could be so beautiful and tell so many stories.
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