Eating oysters or artichokes hasn’t changed in over 100 years
Back in the day, the English aristocracy ate oysters or artichokes with their hands, and that’s still acceptable today. According to Etiquettescholar.com, when it comes to oysters, it’s fine to pick up the shell with your fingers and suck the meat and juice right off it. Artichokes aren’t much different. Pick up a leaf between your fingers, dip the base in any sauce provided, then use your bottom teeth to scrape off the pulp and place the discarded leaves on the side of your plate. When it comes to the artichoke head, separate the fuzzy portion at the base, then eat the choke with a fork. Proper use of your napkin might also come into play. Back in the Downton Abbey days, a Dowager Countess would fold her napkin in half on her lap and wipe her fingers on the inside of the fold, assuring that a casual observer would only see a clean, white napkin. All that subterfuge might be taking things a bit too far, but it couldn’t hurt if there are guests at the table you want to impress.