Table forks (9)
each overall: 8 5/8 x 3/4 x 1/2 in. ( 21.9 x 1.9 x 1.3 cm )
stamped: on all the handles: "lion passant in rectangles, unidentifiable mark crowned in an oval, "FM/ RT" in a rectangle.
Nine silver and steel table forks with ovoid, pointed handles decorated with floral motifs and bands of chevrons; circular handle sockets; baluster stems and three curved tines on each; maker's marks stamped on the handles. flat, sabre or scimitar shaped steel blades; pitch filled or 'loaded' handles made of two halves stamped from sheet metal soldered together.
These table forks were presented to Commodore Bainbridge (1774-1833), the great-grandfather of the donor, by General Lafayete, who visited Bainbridge in Philadelphia in 1824.
Gift of Mrs. Shelton E. Martin
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.