PAIR OF KNIFE BOXES WITH SILVER MOUNTS

Marked “I.W.”
Probably English or American   Circa 1785

Primary Wood: Mahogany
Secondary Woods: Spruce, Fruitwood (by microanalysis)

Height: 14 1/2 inches
Width: 9 1/2 inches
Depth: 9 inches

Reference: This pair is nearly identical, including the red velvet and silver thread lining in the interior, to a set of boxes at the Metropolitan Museum of Art made for the Stuyvesant family. Please see Morrison Heckscher, American Furniture in The Metropolitan Museum of Art; Late Colonial Period: The Queen Anne and Chippendale Styles, pages 313-315, number 203.

This pair retains much of what may be its original knives and forks.

Item Number: 7212

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