Footed knife box, one of a pair
Object Place: Probably England
Overall: 39.4 x 22.9 x 26.7 cm (15 1/2 x 9 x 10 1/2 in.)
Medium or Technique
Oak Hill: Dining Room (Gallery 121A)
Usually placed at opposite ends of a sideboard or side table, knife boxes stored and often secured knives, forks, spoons, and serving utensils. Like many other pieces of Neoclassical-style furniture, these boxes are ornamented with delicate inlays. The plaque on the front is engraved with the initials of Nathaniel and Elizabeth West. Before 1800 few knife boxes were made in America.
Gift of Richard Edwards