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This twenty-four-piece silverware case contained twelve forks and twelve knives (see 1978.2424.01–1978.2424.24). Each piece has a handle of silver with the crest engraved on the handle depicting a profile bust of a woman emerging from a crown. The silverware was made during the middle of the 18th century. Silverware then represented an important investment for colonial families. The silverware was more than just tableware, it was a reliable asset for colonial families—it could be easily moved, melted down, or redeemed for currency in lean times.
date made
1740 - 1760
place made
United Kingdom: England
Physical Description
skin, shark (overall material)
overall: 12 5/8 in x 9 in x 4 7/8 in; 32.0675 cm x 22.86 cm x 12.3825 cm
ID Number
accession number
catalog number
Credit Line
Gift of Cornelia B. Peterson
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American Enterprise
Exhibition Location
National Museum of American History
Data Source
National Museum of American History


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