dark steel with bone handles; red box with green paper lining

"Lilliput" cutlery set, c. 1866


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The Charles Bolles Rogers Silver Fundexpand_more

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This fork and knife set is named after Lilliput, the fictional island with tiny inhabitants in Gulliver's Travels (1726) by Jonathan Swift. Lilliput was at war with its neighboring island over which end of a boiled egg should be eaten first. "Lilliput" became a popular term for miniature, as well as a subtle reference to dining etiquette. The inscription on the box of this small flatware set indicates it was given as a Christmas present in 1866.

"Lilliput" cutlery set
Artist Life
L.4-3/4 x W.5/8 in.
Accession Number
Curator Approved

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dark steel with bone handles; red box with green paper lining