Veneered, rectangular box-shaped knife case with serpentine front and deeply slanting lid. Banding framed by light- and dark-wood stringing outlines the perimeter of the lid. Light- and dark-wood stringing outlines the front facing edges and the back corners of the case. The interior of the case is fitted with vertical slats that support a pierced board able to accommodate forty-six pieces of cutlery. The perimeter of the board and each cutlery compartment is outlined in herringbone stringing. The interior of the lid features an inlaid eight-pointed star and a border of herringbone stringing that mirrors the profiles of the interior walls. The case rests upon a solid wood base that slightly projects from the case wall to form a lip. The underside of the base is covered in green baize. The lid is attached to the case with two oval hinges. A silver shield-shaped escutcheon and O-ring is affixed to the center of the lid front and centered below is a locking mechanism installed in the interior of the front wall of the base that catches an elongated loop extending downwards from the case lid. The lock is served by a second shield-shaped silver key escutcheon.

Date

1787


Geography


Material/Technique

Mahogany veneer (primary), unidentified softwood (case, interior partitions), oak (base), silver, brass, baize


Dimensions

Overall (H x W x D): 14 3/4 in. x 9 1/4 in. x 10 1/2 in. (37.47 cm x 23.5 cm x 26.67 cm)


Credit

Gift of Mr. and Mrs. William T. Dixon Gibbs, 1984


Marks

Written in script on the sub-base of the knife cases: “MS 22 6 mo no 50/1787”(on one) and (on the other) “51”.


Signed

See Marks.


Object Number

M-2948/B


Colors


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