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Knife and fork: M.46A & B-1930

Object information

Current Location: In storage


Cutler: Unidentified
Handle maker: Unknown




Ivory and steel; the knife has a steel blade and an ivory handle carved with the head of a snarling dog; the two tined fork is similarly decorated

Ivory and steel; the knife has a steel blade with parallel sides and a pointed tip, and an octagonal bolster; the ivory handle is oval in section and broadens towards the terminal. The finial is carved in the form of a snarling dog or grotesque with teeth bared; his eyes are steel pins; on the top of the creature's head is carved an acanthus leaf and scallop shell. Round the base of the handle is a white metal ferrule decorated with two bands of black enamel; above which are iron studs set into the ivory in groups of three to form a geometric pattern. The fork has two long steel tines and an ivory handle which is smaller than that of the knife, but carved in same pattern.


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.


17th Century
Circa 1600 CE - 1700 CE

School or Style


Components of the work

Studs composed of iron
Handle composed of enamel ivory
Blade composed of steel
Fork Length 19 cm
Knife Length 24.8 cm

Techniques used in production


References and bibliographic entries

Identification numbers

Accession number: M.46A & B-1930
Primary reference Number: 167102
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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