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Knife: M.23-1930

Object information

Current Location: In storage


Maker: Unknown




Silver, parcel-gilt and niello; the silver knife has a plain blade on a handle nielloed with the trophies of war

Silver, parcel-gilt and niello; the knife has a silver slightly pointed spatulate blade; the silver handle is of rectanglar section which broadens slightly towards the silver-gilt terminal. The two flat sides of the handle are inlaid with niello panels depicting the trophies of war, including a drum, horns and swords. The narrow sides are engraved with a ropework border. There is a narrow silver-gilt ferrule. The silver-gilt terminal is of architectural domed form and is chased with panels of flowers.


History note: Frank Smart Collection

Legal notes

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

Measurements and weight

Length: 18.6 cm

Acquisition and important dates

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


Early-mid 17th century
Circa 1600 CE - Circa 1650 CE


The silver blade may be a later replacement for a steel blade

School or Style


Components of the work

Surface Of Ferrule composed of gold
Blade composed of silver
Handle composed of silver
Decoration composed of niello

Techniques used in production


References and bibliographic entries

Identification numbers

Accession number: M.23-1930
Primary reference Number: 167088
Old object number: M.2-1930
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Audit data

Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Thursday 24 September 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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