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Clasp knife: O.203-1879

Object information

Current Location: In storage


Unknown (Maker)


Curved steel blade double edged for most of its length with a scooped back edge, riveted solidly to a brass frame with a tripe circle pommel and red and white stained horn panels riveted to the grips at either side, the larger rivets with decorative washers. The tang continues full length along the back of the hilt. At the end of the pommel is a suspension loop.


History note: Unknown before Robert Taylor, MA

Legal notes

Given by Robert Taylor, MA

Measurements and weight

Length: 40.6 cm
Weight: 278 g

Place(s) associated

  • Zaragossa ⪼ Spain

Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Given (1879) by Taylor, Robert, MA


19th century
Circa 1800 CE - 1875 CE

Components of the work

Blade composed of steel Length 18.7 cm

Materials used in production

stained red and white Horn Brass (alloy)

Inscription or legends present

  • Location: On blade
  • Method of creation: Stamped
  • Type: Maker's mark
  • Text: 203
  • Method of creation: Inscribed
  • Type: Tag

References and bibliographic entries

Identification numbers

Accession number: O.203-1879
Primary reference Number: 158303
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Audit data

Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Tuesday 25 February 2020 Last processed: Sunday 21 March 2021

Associated departments & institutions

Owner or interested party: The Fitzwilliam Museum
Associated department: Applied Arts

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