The Washingtons kept a large quantity of china and cutlery on hand at Mount Vernon to accommodate the dining needs of the constant stream of guests to the estate. The inventory taken after Washington's death listed eight "knife cases" used to store utensils. This example holds forty six pieces of cutlery. It likely included: three sets of twelve knives and forks for the first course and desserts, one carving knife and fork, seven serving implements, and a marrow scoop or skewer. Diners were given fresh cutlery at the start of each course, necessitating multiple sets for each place setting. More


c. 1775-1799



Mahogany, unidentified secondary wood, ebonized wood, light-wood inlay, iron, fused silverplate on copper, wool


Overall: 12 11/16 in. x 9 5/16 in. x 9 1/8 in. (32.23 cm x 23.65 cm x 23.18 cm)


Purchased by the A. Alfred Taubman Acquisition Endowment Fund, 2001

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