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





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)


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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