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As president, George Washington regularly held formal dinners at his executive residence. Such occasions were marked by carefully selected tablewares purchased by Congress. They included an elegant ivory- and silver-handled cutlery and flatware. Although the presidential service was probably sold at a 1797 public auction, this similar set, possibly owned by the family of Washington's friend and colleague, Samuel Powel, serves to illustrate the splendor of his table.

See also dinner knives, M-3437/1-4, 6-16, M-3558/3-21, and M-4100/7-12; dinner forks, M-3437/27-42, M-3558/26-47, and M-4100/1-6; dessert knives, M-3437/17-23 and M-3558/22-25; dessert knife blade, M-3437/24; dessert forks, M-3437/43-53 and M-3558/48-59; carving forks, M-3437/25 and M-3558/2; carving knife, M-3558/1, and silver caps, M-3437/54-56. More

Date

1750-1800


Geography


Material/Technique

Ivory, steel, silver


Dimensions

Overall (H x W x D): 11 1/4 in. x 7/8 in. x 9/16 in. (28.58 cm x 2.22 cm x 1.43 cm)


Credit

Gift of Adelaide Hare Powel Bitting and Mrs. Richard Alexander, Vice Regent Emerita for Rhode Island, 1999


Object Number

M-4100/4


Colors


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