Table knives (2) and table forks (2)
Each (fork): 8 1/2 x 3/4 x 5/8 in. (21.6 x 1.9 x 1.6 cm) Each (knife): 11 x 7/8 x 3/4 in. (27.9 x 2.2 x 1.9 cm)
stamped: on all the handles: "lion passant in rectangles, unidentifiable mark crowned in an oval, "FM/ RT" in a rectangle
Pair of silver and steel knives and forks with ovoid, pointed handles decorated with floral motifs and bands of chevrons; molded handle sockets; flat, curved steel blades on the knives; cast steel molded stems and three tines on the forks; maker's marks stamped on the handles.
These knives and forks were presented to Commodore Bainbridge (1774-1833), the great-grandfather of the donor, by General Lafayette, who visited Bainbridge in Philadelphia in 1824.
Gift of Mrs. Shelton E. Martin
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