Table Settings for Hundreds

@JudyEv (121015)
Bunbury, Australia
January 13, 2016 7:27pm CST
On our recent holiday in Europe we spent ten days in Vienna as we had a good friend there. One of the places we visited was the Sisi Museum and Imperial Apartments. Sisi was the wife of Franz Joseph I, Emperor of Russia and King of Hungary. Her story is fascinating in itself and deserves a post of its own. We were only allowed to take photos of the rooms displaying the china and silverware used for entertaining dignitaries. These displays were mind-blowing – again – as there was gold, silver and fine china in vast quantities, enough for settings for hundred people. We were told that only two people knew how to fold the napkins containing the bread rolls and that it was a highly kept secret. I don't think we really believed that. What do you think?
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@jaboUK (53529)
• United Kingdom
14 Jan 16
Very impressive - I wonder who did the washing up . The napkins are beautifully done.
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@JudyEv (121015)
• Bunbury, Australia
14 Jan 16
Funnily enough, the name of the dish-washer person wasn't mentioned on the information sheets.
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@kaka135 (14016)
• Malaysia
14 Jan 16
The people who did the washing are awesome as well. How did they wash those tableware?
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@JudyEv (121015)
• Bunbury, Australia
14 Jan 16
@kaka135 Very carefully I would think!
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@allknowing (62983)
• India
14 Jan 16
Even in homes tables used to be set in style. I used to be quite crazy trying to add some class but not any more. Doing up napkins used to be part of that routine. These days food is served straight from cooking dishes. (lol).
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@JudyEv (121015)
• Bunbury, Australia
14 Jan 16
We try to have a nice decor but we certainly don't go overboard. I do use our best items as otherwise we'd never get to enjoy them.
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@allknowing (62983)
• India
14 Jan 16
@JudyEv I know what you mean. Our sets are all stored and hardly used.
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@rebelann (39549)
• El Paso, Texas
14 Jan 16
It wouldn't surprise me at all, many people of ancient cultures would pass their secrets to family but not to outsiders which made them invaluable.
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@JudyEv (121015)
• Bunbury, Australia
15 Jan 16
That's true but I think people skilled in origami would be able to figure it out.
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@rebelann (39549)
• El Paso, Texas
15 Jan 16
You're probably right, I've never met anyone with that skill @JudyEv I've heard it's hard to learn.
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@JudyEv (121015)
• Bunbury, Australia
15 Jan 16
@rebelann It looks very complicated and fiddly.
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@DianneN (75945)
• United States
14 Jan 16
We have visited many castles, mansions, chateaux, etc. on our travels. Many rooms were off limits to photography, but many were not. I got some of my best decorating ideas from them for my home up north. Do you know the secret of folding napkins for bread rolls? Lovely photos!
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@JudyEv (121015)
• Bunbury, Australia
14 Jan 16
No, I don't know how they did those napkins. The ones like swans were the same as how the Egyptians folded our towels in our hotel.
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@DianneN (75945)
• United States
14 Jan 16
@JudyEv And all the animals left on out beds during cruises. I can fold a bishop's hat out of a napkin, but that's it for me.
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@MALUSE (39063)
• Germany
14 Jan 16
@JudyEv I was also thinking about our holidays in Egypt when I saw the photos! :-)
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@BelleStarr (37595)
• Portland, Connecticut
14 Jan 16
Funny how a woman who was probably anorexic had so much dinnerware isn't it?
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@JudyEv (121015)
• Bunbury, Australia
14 Jan 16
She was a very complex character wasn't she? And her husband seemed to be absolutely besotted with her.
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@BelleStarr (37595)
• Portland, Connecticut
14 Jan 16
@JudyEv Yes it appears to have been a one-sided love affair. She cared just way to much about her appearance.
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@JudyEv (121015)
• Bunbury, Australia
14 Jan 16
@BelleStarr She is certainly a great tourist attraction. I felt really sorry for the husband.
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• Preston, England
14 Jan 16
sounds an unlikely yarn - it would be easy to work out the sequence by careful unfolding and taking notes
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@JudyEv (121015)
• Bunbury, Australia
14 Jan 16
@MALUSE @arthurchappell I thought about just unfolding it carefully, etc but it's possible outsiders never get to unfold one. And at the end of the meal there wouldn't be many still intact.
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• Preston, England
15 Jan 16
@JudyEv one would be enough
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@JudyEv (121015)
• Bunbury, Australia
16 Jan 16
@arthurchappell True - and someone with a bit of experience with origami could probably figure it out.
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@Platespinner (16515)
• Winston Salem, North Carolina
14 Jan 16
That's some spectacularly ornate stuff!! I don't know about only two people knowing how to fold the napkins, but I do know that however many people it is, I am not one of them.
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@JudyEv (121015)
• Bunbury, Australia
14 Jan 16
When they went to their summer/winter quarters much of this stuff was placed in special containers and moved too.
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• Winston Salem, North Carolina
14 Jan 16
@JudyEv And I thought travelling with my family was a lot of work .
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@JudyEv (121015)
• Bunbury, Australia
14 Jan 16
@Platespinner You'd have a host of people all helping. You'd only have to deal with those who got it wrong and forgot something - like the children!
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@LadyDuck (151556)
• Switzerland
14 Jan 16
The napkins are beautiful, but I do not like at all the gold, it makes me feel breathless. The same feeling I had visiting some museums in Portugal.
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@JudyEv (121015)
• Bunbury, Australia
14 Jan 16
It is overkill really isn't it? They were certainly out to impress everyone with their wealth.
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@LadyDuck (151556)
• Switzerland
15 Jan 16
@JudyEv This is surely the reason, but it's too much.
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@gr8nana6 (2195)
• United States
14 Jan 16
Wow beautiful, that's all I can say. Loved the slideshow
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@JudyEv (121015)
• Bunbury, Australia
14 Jan 16
Thanks. Glad you enjoyed it - and thanks for the comments on the YouTube clips. I'm not sure of the protocol there but I've tried to respond. :)
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@gr8nana6 (2195)
• United States
14 Jan 16
@JudyEv I have no clue how they do it either. I did subscribe to you there.
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@kaka135 (14016)
• Malaysia
14 Jan 16
Wow, those tableware are really amazing. I like the napkins folding, they look really pretty, especially the one with the bread rolls. Hope the method of folding will be passed down to others and not get lost. I would be really stressful when using those tableware.
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@JudyEv (121015)
• Bunbury, Australia
14 Jan 16
It would be terrible to break a glass, wouldn't it?
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@kaka135 (14016)
• Malaysia
15 Jan 16
@JudyEv Yes, it seems like it's so hard and expensive to get a new one like that.
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@Susan2015 (20385)
• United States
14 Jan 16
Very glad you enjoyed your trip. It would be cool to see that in person.
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@JudyEv (121015)
• Bunbury, Australia
15 Jan 16
We were blown away. The collection must be worth millions.
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@fawkes62 (1294)
• United States
14 Jan 16
That's an impressive set of China, I would hate to be the one that had to wash all those dishes.
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@JudyEv (121015)
• Bunbury, Australia
14 Jan 16
And wouldn't there be a lot of them?
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@garymarsh6 (13409)
• United Kingdom
14 Jan 16
When the Queen hosts a state banquet it takes 8 people three weeks to unpack the 4,000 piece grand dinner set purchased two hundred years ago for the state banquet along with cutlery and 6 glasses per person. It takes months of preparation to host a banquet. It is so precise when they lay the table it is measured with a stick to make sure everything fits in place. Everything is washed by hand. Imagine if you dropped one of those plates they are irreplaceable.
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@JudyEv (121015)
• Bunbury, Australia
14 Jan 16
It is a massive undertaking isn't it? At least ti keeps a few people in work.
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@LeaPea2417 (19750)
• Toccoa, Georgia
14 Jan 16
That is very interesting. I bet it was a highly kept secret.
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@JudyEv (121015)
• Bunbury, Australia
14 Jan 16
I would be surprised if there aren't some other people out there that can do it.
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@marlina (72523)
• Canada
14 Jan 16
I personally don't go for all that fancy stuff.
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@JudyEv (121015)
• Bunbury, Australia
14 Jan 16
It wouldn't really suit me either but I don't mind looking at it in a museum.
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@PainsOnSlate (20228)
• Canada
14 Jan 16
I think anyone can learn how to fold a napkin. ILl have to look in my Mexico photos. I took pictures of all bed decorations made out of towels and that one looked familiar. The China was awesome, so beautiful. I don't care about the gold but that huge amount was amazing.
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@JudyEv (121015)
• Bunbury, Australia
14 Jan 16
As soon as they said 'only two people know how to do it' I thought I'd like to have a go. Must be human nature - when you told you can't do/have something, that's all you can think about having/doing.
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@simone10 (21664)
• Louisville, Kentucky
14 Jan 16
I have to agree with rebel woman that the plate collection was gorgeous and I definitely wouldn't want to eat on them.
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@JudyEv (121015)
• Bunbury, Australia
14 Jan 16
We went to a B&B in Ireland once and all the breakfast tableware was Royal Doulton Country Roses - and they had settings for about 20 people. And they washed them in the dish-washer!
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@TRBRocks420 (75330)
• Banks, Oregon
14 Jan 16
I am not sure if I believe that or not, but people were and, still are pretty secret about things they know, that they don't think anyone else does.
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@JudyEv (121015)
• Bunbury, Australia
14 Jan 16
Some people cherish their knowledge and won't share while others are perfectly happy for the whole world to know how something is done.
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@MALUSE (39063)
• Germany
14 Jan 16
I don't believe that but it's a nice story.
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• United States
16 Jan 16
I would believe any old silly tradition used by any royal family. Secrets is one of the things they held most dear.
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@JudyEv (121015)
• Bunbury, Australia
17 Jan 16
That's true. They are a very closed shop. I don't blame them either. I can imagine it would be hard for them to trust anyone.
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• United States
17 Jan 16
@JudyEv This is true of anyone in the public eye. How do they ever make friends or go out to enjoy themselves like the rest of us?
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@JudyEv (121015)
• Bunbury, Australia
17 Jan 16
@ElizabethWallace Another case of 'be careful what you wish for'. Fame in this instance. Or maybe notoriety.
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