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Pair of knives: M.18A & B-1930

Object information

Current Location: Gallery 26 (Lower Marlay)


Maker: Unidentified




Steel and ivory; each knife has a steel blade and a parcel-gilt cut steel and silver and facetted-ivory handle

Steel and ivory; each knife has a steel blade with parellel sides and a solid bolster; the tapering oval section handle broadens towards the rounded terminal. The decorated handle, the first section of which is forged from one piece with the blade, comprises three bands of steel cut with a geometric pattern, stamped and gilded and inlaid/overlaid with stamped silver floral and foliate(?) motifs; interspersed by two narrow facetted-ivory spacers.


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.


Late 16th-early 17th Century
Circa 1580 - Circa 1640

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Components of the work

Handle composed of steel ( parcel gilt steel with silver overlays/inlays) ivory ( probably elephant ivory)
Blade composed of steel
Knife B Length 19.6 cm
Knife A Length 20 cm

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Identification numbers

Accession number: M.18A & B-1930
Primary reference Number: 166984
Old object number: M.2-1930
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Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Tuesday 8 September 2020 Last processed: Monday 21 November 2022

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

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