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Fork: M.26-1930

Object information

Current Location: In storage


Maker: unmarked




Silver, tortoiseshell and steel; two steel tines on a pistol grip handle with scales of embossed silver plaques and tortoiseshell

Silver, tortoiseshell and steel; the fork has two long tines and a short octagonal stem of steel; each side of the pistol grip handle has scales formed from three bands of embossed silver and two of tortoiseshell; the lowest band depicts a soldier with a raised sword, the middle band depicts a stag, and the terminal is embossed with scrolling foliage on a matted ground; each tortoiseshell band is held on by a central silver boss. The steel bolster is engraved with the coat-of-arms of Saxony, and the flat top edge is of steel cut in a geometric pattern.


History note: Frank Smart Collection

Legal notes

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

Measurements and weight

Length: 15.7 cm

Acquisition and important dates

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


Late 17th-early 18th Century
Circa 1680 CE - Circa 1710 CE

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People, subjects and objects depicted

Components of the work

Handle composed of tortoise shell silver
Tines composed of steel

Identification numbers

Accession number: M.26-1930
Primary reference Number: 166975
Old object number: M.2-1930
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Audit data

Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Monday 10 August 2015 Last processed: Sunday 21 March 2021

Associated departments & institutions

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

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