One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
In the 16th and 17th centuries: an item of decorative tableware, especially a serving knife or serving dish.
Mid 19th century; earliest use found in Frederick William Fairholt (d. 1866), artist and antiquary. Apparently from French présentoir from présenter + -oir.
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