This section is from the book "The American Woman's Cook Book", by Ruth Berolzheimer. Also available from Amazon: The Domestic Arts Edition of the American Woman's Cook Book.
When the table-covering is the conventional table-cloth, first place the silence-cloth, of white, thick, doublefaced material, which usually extends five inches over each side of the table. This is sometimes tied in place to prevent slipping.
Over this, spread the table cloth, perfectly laundered. There should be in the table cloth only one crease, the straight central crease, and the cloth should be most carefully adjusted so that this fold is placed exactly in the center of the table. The opposite edges of the cloth should fall at equal distances from the floor. The cloth should fall from twelve to fifteen inches below the edges of the table.
The Service Plate Is Replaced By An Entree Plate-Warmed In Winter. Use The Outer Knife And Fork
Roast - Fourth Course The Large Dinner Plate Follows The Entree Service And Is Removed With Its Silver
Dessert - Sixth Course Each Place Should Be Completely Cleared Except For The Classes - And The Table Crumbed - Before The Dessert Plate And Silver Are Placed
Coffee - Seventh Course When Coffee Is Served Away From The Table, The Finger Bowl With Its Doily May Come In On The Dessert Plate - Doily And Bowl Slipped Off By The Guest As Dessert Is Served. When Served At The Table, The Coffee Cup And Saucer Are Placed After The Dessert Is Served
- Reed & Barton