~ The Handbook of the Man of Fashion, by the author of “Etiquette for Gentlemen”, 1847

~ The Handbook of the Man of Fashion, by the author of “Etiquette for Gentlemen”, 1847

~ Etiquette; Or, A Guide To The Usages of Society, by Count Alfred D’Orsay, 1843

~ Etiquette; Or, A Guide To The Usages of Society, by Count Alfred D’Orsay, 1843

~ The Myrtle Reed Year Book, 1911

~ The Myrtle Reed Year Book, 1911

~ Sugar Information, Inc., 1966"Play safe with your young ones - make sure they get sugar every day."

~ Sugar Information, Inc., 1966

"Play safe with your young ones - make sure they get sugar every day."

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~ The Gentlemen’s Book of Etiquette, and Manual of Politeness; Being a Complete Guide for a Gentleman’s Conduct in all his Relations Towards Society, by Cecil B. Hartley, 1860

~ The Gentlemen’s Book of Etiquette, and Manual of Politeness; Being a Complete Guide for a Gentleman’s Conduct in all his Relations Towards Society, by Cecil B. Hartley, 1860

~ How To Take Care of a Wife, Melville C. Keith, M.D., 1908

~ How To Take Care of a Wife, Melville C. Keith, M.D., 1908

~ Social Etiquette or Manners and Customs of Polite Society, Maud C. Cooke, 1896

~ Social Etiquette or Manners and Customs of Polite Society, Maud C. Cooke, 1896

~ J. R. Stafford’s Family Receipt Book, 1856

~ J. R. Stafford’s Family Receipt Book, 1856

~ What Shall I Eat? The Housewife’s Manual, by Miss E. Neill, 1892
~ The Gentlemen’s Book of Etiquette, and Manual of Politeness; Being a Complete Guide for a Gentleman’s Conduct in all his Relations Towards Society, by Cecil B. Hartley, 1860

~ The Gentlemen’s Book of Etiquette, and Manual of Politeness; Being a Complete Guide for a Gentleman’s Conduct in all his Relations Towards Society, by Cecil B. Hartley, 1860

~ Southern Illinois Record, July 2, 1914

~ Southern Illinois Record, July 2, 1914

~ The Gentlemen’s Book of Etiquette, and Manual of Politeness; Being a Complete Guide for a Gentleman’s Conduct in all his Relations Towards Society, by Cecil B. Hartley, 1860

~ The Gentlemen’s Book of Etiquette, and Manual of Politeness; Being a Complete Guide for a Gentleman’s Conduct in all his Relations Towards Society, by Cecil B. Hartley, 1860

~ The Ladies’ Guide to True Politeness and Perfect Manners; or, Miss Leslie’s Behaviour Book, a Guide and Manual for Ladies, by Eliza Leslie, 1864via Open LibraryNote: I think the “fork-exercise” in question was cutting off a bite of pie with your fork.  True Politeness requires that you cut your pie with a knife.original pie image here

~ The Ladies’ Guide to True Politeness and Perfect Manners; or, Miss Leslie’s Behaviour Book, a Guide and Manual for Ladies, by Eliza Leslie, 1864
via Open Library

Note: I think the “fork-exercise” in question was cutting off a bite of pie with your fork. True Politeness requires that you cut your pie with a knife.

you're doing it wrong!
original pie image here

~ Vivilore: The Pathway To Mental and Physical Perfection, Mary Ries Melendy, 1904

~ Vivilore: The Pathway To Mental and Physical Perfection, Mary Ries Melendy, 1904

~ Modern Etiquette in Public and Private, 1893via Internet Archive

~ Modern Etiquette in Public and Private, 1893
via Internet Archive