The Dreaded Gravy/Sauce boat

I had just recently attended a luncheon where there was a sort of etiquette crisis.

Our luncheon consisted of a couple of sauces and our table noticed it  next to impossible to successfully pour out of a gravy/sauce boat and not leave a dripping, soiled trail.

We chatted about this, the entire table somewhat stumped about this particular problem.

It is quite uncomfortable when you are unmannerly, particularly in public.

After the luncheon I  dove in to research, specifically with the question "how exactly to pass around a sauce boat and not make a dribbling mess around the table."

This question appears to be the conundrum of many, and most suggestions were "do the best you can" or "try tilting it to the side as you pour"

In other words, sauce boats are horrid things and no one has any idea on how to save the tablecloth..

Not one to quit, I kept digging, finally finding the book "The Butler Speaks" by Charles MacPherson.

Ta Da! A Gravy/Sauce boat is supposed to come complete with a ladle and a plate.

I did find a small snag.  Most gravy boats aren't sold like this any longer - you will either have to build your own, get lucky at an antique store, or look at the higher end china manufactures.

I highly recommend getting (or building) a complete set, your lace tablecloth, handmade by your great grandmother will thank you.