Hearts and arrows blaze across an unusual set of china at the Powel House in Philadelphia.
Philadelphia, called "The Athens of America," was in the 1770s the most important city in the colonies.
And when in Philadelphia, Powel House was the place to be.
Elizabeth and Samuel Powel lived there, and the likes of Washington, Jefferson, Adams, and Franklin socialized there.
Family legend claims the Marquis de Lafayette, the French general who helped free the American colonies, gave the set to Elizabeth Willing, the popular wife of the Patriot Mayor.
The History Detectives look into the facts and fiction behind this racy 18th century gift.
- Related Investigation Quaker Map Did this faded map once guide slaves to freedom on the underground railroad?
- Also with Gwen Wright Sears Home Might an Ohio couple's residence be a long-forgotten Sears home?
- Also with Gwen Wright Silent Film Reel Could this film reel could be a silent movie once lost forever to history?
- Also with Gwen Wright N.E.A.R Device Was this device invented to help Americans believe they could survive a Soviet nuclear attack?
- Also in Revolution: 1754-1820 1775 Almanac What do these crumbling pages reveal about divided loyalties during the American Revolution?
- Also in this episode Flint Lock Rifle Was this the gun of one of the most infamous bandits operating to undermine the birth of our nation?
This is a place for opinions, comments, questions and discussion; a place where viewers of History Detectives can express their points of view and connect with others who value history. We ask that posters be polite and respectful of all opinions. History Detectives reserves the right to delete comments that don’t conform to this conduct. We will not respond to every post, but will do our best to answer specific questions, or address an error.