Table forks (4)

Object Number: 
INV.14099a-d
Date: 
1819
Medium: 
Silver
Dimensions: 
Overall: 8 1/8 x 1 1/8 x 1 1/8 in. ( 20.6 x 2.9 x 2.9 cm )
Marks: 
Engraved: on the undersides of the handles: "SI JE PUIS" in banner; stamped: on the undersides of the stems: "F * D/ N" in diamond surround; Paris standard marks, rooster in chamfered rectangle, and bust in circular surround.
Gallery Label: 

These silver table forks feature the Livingston family crest on the undersides, a demi-Hercules with a club in the left hand and a snake in the right, below a banner with the engraved motto, "Si Je Puis." This family motto refers to the Livingstons' early years in North America. Robert Livingston the Elder (1654-1728) sailed from Scotland to New York in the 1670s and was granted both a title and territory in the Hudson Valley by King George I of England. These forks may have been owned by Margaret Maria Livingston (1783-1818), daughter of the Chancellor, and her husband Robert L. Livingston (1775-1843).

Place Made: 
Europe, France, Paris
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.
Creative: Tronvig Group