FrontRunners: Executive Branch

At the end of the 18th century, George Washington planted 13 chestnut trees—one for each colony—between his mother’s and sister’s houses in Fredericksburg, Va. The trees provided shade for the women when they walked from one house to the other, and now a portion of the last surviving tree serves as the handle of the William Henry Limited Edition George Washington Horse Chestnut Knife (www.williamhenrystudio.com). The pocketknife, which is priced at $1,450 and limited to 50 examples, has a blade made from hand-forged Damascus steel. Citrine gemstones decorate the blade lock and thumb stud, and 24-karat gold and sterling silver adorn the knife’s steel frame.

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