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Pair of knives: M.41A & B-1930

Object information

Current Location: In storage

Maker(s)

Maker: Unknown

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Description

Ivory and steel, parcel-gilt; each knife with a steel blade chased with images of two saints and an ivory handle carved with a terminal of a man's head

Ivory and steel, parcel-gilt; each knife has a steel blade with parallel sides and a pointed and slightly upward curving tip; and a handle of carved ivory. Each side of the bolster end of knife's blade is chased or etched with a saint beneath which is a panel containing an inscription on a gilt ground. Knife A has an image of St. Mathias above 'S. MATT / HIAS / 1624' and St. Philip above 'S. PHIL / IPPVS'. Knife B has an image of St. James the Greater above 'S. JACOB / VS MAI / OR 16 / 24' and St. John above 'S. IOAN / NES' The handle is oval in section and broadens towards the finial. It is carved with a pattern of lozenges, and the terminal is carved as a head of bearded man with the lips painted red.

Notes

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.

Dating

Early 17th Century
Production date: dated AD 1624 : both knives are dated 1624

People, subjects and objects depicted

Components of the work

Surface Decoration composed of gold
Blade composed of steel
Handle composed of ivory
Knife B Length 21.5 cm
Knife A Length 21.6 cm
Ivory

Inscription or legends present

  • Text: S. MATT / HIAS / 1624
  • Location: On A at bolster end of blade, i.e. the top
  • Method of creation: Engraved ?
  • Type: Inscription
  • Text: S. PHIL / IPPVS
  • Location: On A at bolster end of blade, i.e. thye top
  • Method of creation: Engraved ?
  • Type: Inscription
  • Text: S. JACOB / VS MAI / OR 16 / 24
  • Location: On B at bolster end of blade, i.e. the top
  • Method of creation: Engraved?
  • Type: Inscription
  • Text: S. IOAN / NES
  • Location: At bolster end of blade, i.e. the top
  • Method of creation: Engraved ?
  • Type: Inscription

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Identification numbers

Accession number: M.41A & B-1930
Primary reference Number: 167097
Old object number: M.2-1930
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Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Thursday 1 October 2020 Last processed: Thursday 18 November 2021

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

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