The finger bowl has long been a symbol of power and status in dining rooms. Finger bowls were once used by well-mannered dinner guests during the Georgian and Victorian times. The bowl was placed to the top left of the dinner plate. Diners would place all five fingers (at the same time) into the water and dry the hand with a napkin. I am reasonably confident that these finger bowls will not be used in that manner again. However, a finger bowl today could be used for sauces, condiments, candy, nuts, or anything else one would wish to put out for company.