EARLY SILVER MOUNTED TRAVELER’S OR OFFICER’S FOLDING UTENSIL SET

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Item Code: 172-5566

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Early travelers and military officers on campaign carried their own eating utensils as a matter of course. This is a nice folding fork, knife and spoon with black wood handles, silver mounted, and each bears a small shield-shaped escutcheon with the owner’s initials. The knife blade shows some corrosion but is plainly marked “A PARIS” and the spoon is hall-marked, likely indicating it is silver, not only as the proverbial “silver spoon” of the privileged, but because it was difficult to apply to a hard metal the differential pressure necessary to form a bowl.

These are difficult to date precisely. Deciphering the touch marks would probably tell for certain, but they are likely very early 1800s and probably were originally housed in their own traveling case. They would look extremely nice with an officer’s campaign mess chest. A traveling cellarette would be a nice addition as well.    [jet]

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