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18 Century Knife Boxes

Posted by nyboy (My Page) on
Wed, Nov 2, 11 at 8:44

Hi I have been lurking and learning on this forum.I have been looking at 18 century knife boxes, no matter what wood or style they all have locks. Where knives rare and expensive in the 18 century? Or was more then knives, like sterling silverware stored in them? Would the boxes be kept in the kitchen or diningroom of a 18 century home? Thank you.alex


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RE: 18 Century Knife Boxes

18th century homes with knife boxes would also have had many servants.....who of course could not all be trusted.....and knives were expensive. People who had knife boxes likely would also have had locked sugar boxes and tea boxes.
The knives kept in a Sheraton or Hepplewhite style knife box would have been meant for dining. There most often would have been 2 knife boxes on a buffet, one on either end ....sort of like 19th century handkerchief boxes on a dresser....but the knife boxes were separate, not attached to the buffet....so the butler could carry them into the kitchen for cleaning.
As far as I know, only knives were stored in them.
Some where on the web is a virtual tour of Jefferson's home, Monticello. As I recall there were several pairs of knife boxes.
Linda C


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RE: 18 Century Knife Boxes

Thanks Linda, so knife boxes are like lamps a pair is always better then a single.


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RE: 18 Century Knife Boxes

Anything with it's "twin" is better than without....a cup AND saucer....Creamer AND sugar...candle sticks, mantle garnitures, salt AND pepper....shoes, socks....gloves....
You get the idea...:-)


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