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Two tine iron fork
Two tine iron fork
Resource Typeimage
TitleTwo tine iron fork
Coverage / Year1750 to 1800
DescriptionTwo tine iron fork with horn handle. Splits in the horn, and a stain on the handle base. 6.5" long
InterpretationThis fork is made of horn and iron. It was already old when it was used by John S. Williams during the Civil War. John Williams served in Company B of the 13th Kansas Volunteer Infantry. The Union army issued mess kits and equipment to soldiers during the war, but some chose to use familiar utensils instead. This fork had been in John's family for years and perhaps he carried it to remind him of home. (For a history of the 13th Kansas Volunteer Cavalry, go to
Lesson Plans / ThemesAntebellum Society and the Civil War
Learning Standards16 History;
Author or CreatorEarly American Museum
Subject / KeywordsCutlery; Mess kit; Civil War; Soldiers; Kansas Infantry; Williams, John S.;
Collection PublisherEarly American Museum
Further InformationFor any further information related to this record, please contact the Collection Publisher. See for more information about this project.
Rights Management Statement
Resource Identifier1968.001.0270
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