In the eighteenth century, to dine with a knife and a fork rather than one's hands was a mark of genteel refinement. Compact sets of knives and forks enabled the polite traveler to eat confidently outside of his own dining room. In this fashionable, horn-paneled set, a slot within each handle allows it to sheath the opposite utensil, thus joining the two together in a single case. A stamped mark on the knife blade wishes its user to "Prosper." George Washington may have acquired this set for his personal use during the Revolutionary War. More

Date

1775-1800


Geography


Material/Technique

Iron, horn


Dimensions

Overall (H x W x D): 7/16 in. x 7 1/8 in. x 5/8 in. (1.11 cm x 18.1 cm x 1.59 cm)


Credit

Gift of Colonel Alexander Rodgers in memory of his son, Lieutenant Alexander Rodgers, Jr., 1927
Conservation courtesy of the Life Guard Soceity of Mount Vernon


Object Number

W-513/B


Colors


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