Flatware in its chest.


Inherited flatware is often used for celebratory meals. In the early 19th century, silver tableware was made of solid silver and reserved for wealthier families. Silver plating made its first appearance around 1860, making cutlery more affordable.

Flatware, ca. 1900
Gorham Company, United States
Wood, bronze, silk, sterling silver, 37.5 x 58 x 49 cm
Musée de la civilisation, collection du Musée chinois des missions des Jésuites, 90-691