The Thanksgiving Dinner, 1870. [Wikimedia - Public Domain]
Our Victorian friends took carving the turkey very seriously. When the Victorian-era American family gathered around the Thanksgiving table, the father or the male head of the household took his place of honor at the head of the table. He carved the roasted bird to serve family members and guests. The newspaper article below was published in 1889 and details the methods and instructions for the gentleman.
To Carve a Turkey, published in the Vermont Journal of Windsor, Vermont on November 30, 1889.
It's 130 years later, but these instructions are still helpful. And it does indeed seem the carving of the turkey was something our Victorian friends took rather seriously.