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.


Three tined fork with baluster form neck and rectangular iron handle; horn panels inset on both front and back of handle, cut to conform to rectangular, scallop edged recess; rectangular slot extends from the base of the fork's neck down through the interior of the handle.





Iron, horn


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 Line

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

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