from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A receptacle for tableknives. Compare knife-basket, knife-box.
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Servants should have a silver or plated knife-tray to remove the gravy-spoon and carving knife and fork before removing the platter.
So, whenever the cloths were changed, the trunk had to be pushed away under some projecting shelves to make room for opening the closet-door (as the under table-cloth must be taken out first), then the trunk was pushed back to make room for it to be opened for the upper table-cloth, and, after all, it was necessary to push the trunk away again to open the closet-door for the knife-tray.
"There be the right keys," nodding to the two on the wall, "and there be the wrong ones," nodding towards an old knife-tray, into which he had angrily thrown the rusty keys, upon entering his lodge last night, accompanied by the crowd.
My bread - basket, knife-tray, sugar-basket, are all of this humble material.
It was never more unluckily displayed than in the present instance; for her audience and spectators, consisting of the landlady, a waiter, and a Welsh boy, who just entered the room with a knife-tray in his hand, were all more inclined to burst into rude laughter than to join in gentle sympathy.