"Benjamin Franklin: In Search of a Better World," Benjamin Franklin Tercentenary traveling exhibition, 2005-2008
Otherwise on ongoing display at the Franklin Institute
Talbott, Page, ed., Benjamin Franklin: In Search of a Better World (New Haven and London: Yale University, 2005) (companion book to exhibition of same title) Fig. 4.10
Date of Accession: 1935-00-00. Accompanying this fish knife is a statement signed by Henrietta D. Bache Pepper and sworn to before a notary to the effect that the fish knife was inherited in direct descent from the estate of Benjamin Franklin by Mrs. John (Henrietta D. Bache) Pepper (Franklin's great-great-great-granddaughter). Mrs. Pepper died in December 1934 and left the trowel to her sister, Miss Caroline D. Bache. Miss Caroline Bache also owned two of the three Fussell chairs, which are now at the Henry Ford Museum (from Mary Tyler Kubik - by gift or sale?). She inherited them from her sister, Henrietta, who had them from their uncle, Thomas Hewson Bache. She also owned the set of six English cups and saucers made at Worcester, which were described in the 20th century as being gifts to Franklin from Madame Helvetius.