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Knife, fork and sheath: M.31A- C-1930

Object information

Current Location: In storage


Maker: Unknown




Enamel and steel with silver mounts; the knife has a steel blade and a tapering handle enamelled with light blue flowers on a dark blue ground ; the two-tined fork and sheath are similarly decorated.

Enamel, silver and steel; the knife's steel blade curves down towards the point; the tapering oval section handle broadens towards the terminal cap which has a projecting ear on the upper side. The dark blue enamelled handle is decorated with scrolling flowers and foliage in light blue champlevé enamelling over silver. The silver ferrule and terminal cap are engraved with a pattern of simple geometric foliage, and each side of the terminal cap is engraved with the coat-of-arms of Saxony. The fork has two long tines and a handled which is decorated similarly to that of the knife. The sheath is similarly decorated, but includes applied silver flowers and four portrait busts of Classical men. (Most of the enamel on the champlevé decoration is missing.)


History note: Frank Smart Collection

Legal notes

From the Frank Smart Collection, given by T.J.G. Duncanson

Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Given (1930) by Duncanson, T. J. G.


17th Century, Mid-Late
Production date: circa AD 1675

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Components of the work

Handle composed of enamel
Sheath Length 12.8 cm
Knife Length 12.9 cm
Fork Length 13 cm

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Identification numbers

Accession number: M.31A- C-1930
Primary reference Number: 166966
Old object number: M.2-1930
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Audit data

Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Thursday 24 September 2015 Last processed: Friday 8 December 2023

Associated departments & institutions

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

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