Serving items of Old Rus included spoons, two-pronged forks and knives. Cutlery at the court was executed of precious materials; ordinary people used wooden utensils. Prior to the late XVIIth century, knives and forks were hard-to-get goods, given only to privileged guests on special occasions. Precious items served as kitchen utensils as well as table decorations. During the XVIth-XVIIth centuries handles of serving items were executed in various forms and decorated with gilding, carving, inscriptions, precious stones and enamels.