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Knife and fork: M.34A & B-1930

Object information

Current Location: In storage


Maker: AWB




Ivory, silver, silver-gilt and steel; the knife has an engraved steel blade with faint traces of gilding, and a curved octagonal handle of ivory stained green and applied with silver ornaments; the four tined fork is similarly decorated

Green stained ivory, silver, silver-gilt and steel; the knife's steel blade is of pointed scimitar shape; the tapering octagonal section handle curves slightly downwards and has an octagonal silver ferrule. The blade is engraved on both sides near the ferrule with pendant decoration and an intricate knot on a hatched ground, and shows faint traces of gilding. The handle is of green stained ivory; two of its eight sides are ribbed, the others have applied silver ornaments including masks, flowers and birds. The flat terminal of the handle has an applied silver flower within scrolls. The fork has four tines; the stem is lobed just above the ferrule and shows traces of gilding. The handle is decorated in the same style as that of the knife.


History note: Frank Smart Collection

Legal notes

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

Place(s) associated

  • Solingen ⪼ Germany

Acquisition and important dates

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


18th Century, Mid
Circa 1740 CE - 1780 CE

School or Style


Components of the work

Traces composed of gilding
Ferrule composed of silver
Fork Length 18.3 cm
Knife Length 21.8 cm

Materials used in production

Silver gilt

Techniques used in production


Inscription or legends present

  • Text: AWB
  • Location: On the back of the fork, just below the tines
  • Method of creation: Struck
  • Type: Maker's mark or owner's initials

References and bibliographic entries

Identification numbers

Accession number: M.34A & B-1930
Primary reference Number: 166967
Old object number: M.2-1930
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Audit data

Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Wednesday 13 December 2017 Last processed: Friday 8 December 2023

Associated departments & institutions

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

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