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Knife and fork: M.19A & B-1930

Object information

Current Location: In storage


Maker: Unknown




Wood, silver and steel; the knife has a steel blade and a wood handle inlaid with silver ornaments and piqué work, with an engraved silver ferrule and terminal cap; the two tined fork is similarly decorated

Wood, silver and steel; the knife has a steel blade with polymorphic bolster on a tapering oval section wood handle. The handle is inlaid with a band of engraved silver decoration on the top and bottom edges, and with a silver lozenge-shaped ornament on either side. Round the ornament on each side is a panel of fine silver piqué scale work within a border of stylised flowers. The broad silver ferrule is engraved with two bands of arches. The silver terminal cap is engraved with borders of lines. The fork has two long steel tines. The handle is decorated similarly to the knife but lacks the inlaid bands of silver.


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.


Second half of the 17th Century
Circa 1650 CE - 1700 CE

School or Style


Components of the work

Fork Length 18.3 cm
Knife Length 19.2 cm

Identification numbers

Accession number: M.19A & B-1930
Primary reference Number: 166982
Old object number: M.2-1920
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Audit data

Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Wednesday 4 April 2012 Last processed: Sunday 21 March 2021

Associated departments & institutions

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

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