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Knife and fork: M.47A & B-1930

Object information

Current Location: In storage


Maker: Unidentified




Wood, silver and steel; the knife has a steel blade and a pistol grip wood handle set on each side with three silver bosses; the two-tined fork is similarly decorated.

Wood, silver and steel; the knife has a tapering steel blade which turns down towards the point; the pistol grip oval section handle is of wood. Each side of the handle is set with a row of three engraved silver bosses, the lowest one probably depicts a pair of crossed swords, the central one depicts a stylised flower, and the upper one bears the coat-of-arms of the Elector of Saxony impaling another, on a ground of small silver piqué work circles. The volute terminal is capped with silver, which is engraved with a flower. The broad silver ferrule is engraved with a pattern of lines. The fork has two long steel tines and a silver ferrule and wood handle, which are decorated similarly to 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.


17th Century, Late
Circa 1670 CE - Circa 1700 CE

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People, subjects and objects depicted

Components of the work

Handle composed of wood
Bosses composed of silver
Fork Length 13.9 cm
Knife Length 15.2 cm

Materials used in production


Techniques used in production


References and bibliographic entries

Identification numbers

Accession number: M.47A & B-1930
Primary reference Number: 166978
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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