This extremely rare coral cutlery set from the late would have been only used on extraordinary occasions. In the late Renaissance, the guests would typically bring their own cutlery to formal dinners. Coral was believed to be an antidote against poison.
The Triad of Menkaure": Menkaure, Het-Hert (seated), and Nome Goddess, the Valley Temple of the King at Giza, Old Kingdom (4th Dynasty), now in the Boston Museum of Fine Arts. Photo from Schultz and Seidel's Egypt: World of the Pharoahs, p. 330.
Louis Vautier gold and enamel cased verge watch, Blois, France, around
Overdress ca. 18001810. Sheer Cotton; Wool Embroidery. French. Overdress of natural sheer cotton with polychromatic wool embroidery: very narrow bodice (2.5); straight drawstring neckline closure at center front; narrow band of embroidery along neckline and shoulder; evidence that sleeves may have been removed from band at shoulder; center front opening skirt gathered into empire line waistband; narrow band of embroidery along sloped skirt hem. Fine arts museums of San Francisco